Shah Rukh Khan‘s son Aryan Khan used to procure drugs from Arbaaz Merchant, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday told a court hearing the cruise drug bust case. Aryan and Merchant are among 20 people arrested by NCB following a raid on a Goa-bound cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai on October 3. After his bail plea was rejected by the metropolitan magistrate court on October 8, the case is being heard by a special NDPS court.
“The material collated during the investigation has primarily revealed the Aryan Khan has a role in so far as illicit procurement and distribution of contraband is concerned,” the anti-narcotics agency said. Achit Kumar and Shivraj Harijan, two other accused in the case, used to supply charas (cannabis) to both Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant, it added.
Opposing Aryan’s bail plea, NCB said his case can not be considered in isolation as all the accused were an integral part of a common threat which “cannot be separated or dissected from each other.” Their involvement in a conspiracy to commit illegal acts and violations under Section 29 can not be ruled out, the NCB argued, according to Hindustan Times.
The quantum of recovery, from an individual, becomes inconsequential, the agency said.
No drug was found from Aryan Khan while from Arbaaz, the agency recovered 6 gram charas.
NCB has previously opposed Aryan’s bail plea on grounds that he belongs to an influential family and may tamper with evidence. The NCB reiterated the argument before the special NDPS court, adding that the possibility of Aryan fleeing justice cannot be ruled out.
Till October 7, Aryan Khan was at the NCB custody, but was sent to judicial custody along with other accused during the last hearing. He is now lodged at the Arthur Road prison. The defence has said Aryan Khan was “falsely implicated” and releasing him on bail would not stop the probe.