Aryan Khan released Live Updates: Aryan reaches Mannat amid fanfare; NDPS court grants bail to 9 co-accused
Aryan Khan Released Latest Updates, Aryan Khan Today Live: Among the 14 conditions laid down for bail, the HC has directed Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha to surrender their passports immediately and “not in any manner try to delay the trial".
Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, after being released from the Arthur Road jail on bail, in Mumbai, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Aryan Khan Released Live News: Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, was released from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai on Saturday. He reached his residence Mannat in Bandra just before noon, where fans had lined up to welcome him. Aryan was released two days after the Bombay High Court granted him bail in connection with a drugs case; he spent 26 days in jail.
Aryan was granted bail along with two other co-accused in the case, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. While granting them bail, a single-judge bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre laid down 14 conditions for their release, including surrendering their passports immediately and “not in any manner try to delay the trial” once it begins.
On Saturday, in another development in the case, nine co-accused were granted bail by a special NDPS court, including 22-year-old Aachit Kumar, who was arrested on October 6 on charges of peddling drugs. The others included Gomit Chopra, Nupur Satija, directors of event company ‘Caneplus Trading Private Limited’, Sameer Sehgal and Gopalji Anand, along with two employees of the same company, Manav Singhal and Bhaskar Arora. Later in the day, Shreyas Nair and Ishmeet Singh Chadha, too, were granted bail.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Friday sought a response from the Maharashtra government on a letter written by NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede alleging harassment following “disclosures” made by NCP Minister Nawab Malik.
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Fans of Shah Rukh Khan, hold posters written with 'Release Aryan Khan' stand outside Bombay High court in Mumbai (PTI)
Aryan had approached the High Court after the special NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act court rejected his bail plea last Wednesday. The NDPS court ruled that though no drugs were found on Aryan, he was aware of the fact that his friend Arbaaz Merchant was carrying them, and this amounted to “conscious possession”.
Rohatgi argued that even in a case of “conscious possession”, there is provision of one-year imprisonment. “These are young boys. Even if you admit ‘conscious possession’ of 6 grams, the idea is that the law provides for young boys with no antecedents (to be treated) as victims, rather than (as) hardened criminals. They are entitled (to) rehab and there is immunity (from) prosecution in rehab. It is a fit case for bail,” Rohatgi said.
He submitted a report by The Indian Express on a recommendation by the Social Justice Ministry that drug users be sent for rehabilitation rather than imprisoned, and said the same was important to understand the “legislative intent”. He cited past judgments, including an order by the Bombay High Court in August this year, suggesting “opportunity of reforms” for youth accused in NDPS cases.