Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, could not get bail on Thursday as the special court in Mumbai hearing the 23-year-old’s bail plea posted the next hearing for Thursday. During the hearings, which went on for two days, Aryan Khan’s lawyers pleaded for his bail while the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) maintained that holding Khan in prison is critical because of his influence.
The NCB, which arrested Aryan Khan on October 3, has claimed in court that the accused’s WhatsApp chats indicate his involvement in drugs. Responding to the NCB’s allegation, Aryan Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai said on Thursday, “WhatsApp conversations between young people can often appear suspicious given the kind of language young people use today.”
“Please bear in mind another reality. Today’s generation have a means of communication, which is English…not the Queen’s English…it’s sometimes what the older generation will call a torture. The way the communicate is very different,” Desai told the court, according to an NDTV report.
Aryan Khan’s lawyer further said that conversations on chats can be misunderstood. “WhatsApp chats are supposed to be private conversations. But I am told there are no messages or conversations on the mobile about the rave party.”
The Narcotics Control Bureau alleges that Aryan Khan indulged in “illicit drug trafficking” and was in touch with “some persons abroad who appear to be a part of an international drug network” to procure “a bulk quantity of hard drugs”.
The anti-narcotics agency further told the court that “evidence showed” Aryan Khan frequently took banned substances. The NCB is being represented by additional solicitor general (ASG) Anil Singh. During the bail hearing, Singh referred on on-record statements to claim Aryan Khan has been consuming drugs for the last few years.
On Thursday morning, Aryan Khan, along with five others, was shifted from Arthur Road Jail’s quarantine barrack to the common cell after his COVID-19 test report came back negative.