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Mumbai drugs case highlights: Ananya Pandey gets NCB call, Bombay HC to hear Aryan bail on October 26

Mumbai Drug Bust, Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan drug case Live Updates: Aryan Khan and seven others will remain in judicial custody till October 30, a special court in Mumbai ruled. Meanwhile, actor Ananya Panday, along with father Chunky Panday, reached the NCB office after being summoned for questioning in the cruise ship drug raid case.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: October 22, 2021 9:13:54 am
Aryan Khan drugs case, NCB drug case, Mumbai aryan khan drug cases bribe ncb official, cruise ship drug bust case, ncb, ncb probe, indian expressThe witness, Sail, says that when Aryan Khan was taken to the NCB office, he too walked to the office. In pic, a file image of Aryan Khan being taken to Arthur Road jail from Narcotics Control Bureau office after being arrested. (PTI)

Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan Drug Case Highlights: Aryan Khan and seven others will remain in judicial custody till October 30, a special court in Mumbai ruled. Meanwhile, actor Ananya Panday, along with father Chunky Panday, left from the NCB office after being questioned in the cruise ship drug raid case.

A team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had reached Shah Rukh Khan’s Bandra residence ‘Mannat’ and actor Ananya Panday’s home earlier on Thursday. It is learnt that NCB officials met Panday and asked her to join the probe. This, following details the NCB, claimed it obtained from a purported WhatsApp conversation on Aryan Khan’s phone.

The Bombay High Court Thursday said the bail plea of Aryan Khan — who has been in custody now since October 3 in a drugs case filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau — will be heard next Tuesday. Advocate Satish Maneshinde mentioned the matter before the single-judge bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre this morning. Co-accused Munmun Dhamecha’s bail plea will also be heard on October 26 and the NCB can file a reply to Khan’s plea on Monday, the court said.

Meanwhile, actor Shah Rukh Khan visited the Arthur Road Jail on Thursday morning to meet his son Aryan Khan, who has been in custody now since October 3 in a drugs case filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau. This is the first time Shah Rukh has been seen in public after Aryan’s arrest.

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Aryan Khan bail hearing: NCB at Ananya Panday’s residence, Shah Rukh Khan’s Mannat; Bombay High Court to hear Aryan Khan's bail plea next Tuesday; Shah Rukh Khan meets Aryan at Arthur Road Jail; Co-accused Munmun Dhamecha's bail plea will also be heard on October 26. Follow this space to track the latest news from Aryan Khan bail hearing

20:30 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Ananya Panday to be questioned tomorrow at 11 am

Actor Ananya Panday to appear before Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) once again for questioning at 11 am on Friday, according to ANI.

19:46 (IST)21 Oct 2021
NCB officials yet to clarify Ananya Panday's role in cruise ship drug raid case

Actor Ananya Panday's name cropped up in the case after certain WhatsApp chats between her and Aryan Khan were allegedly found in the latter's mobile phone, the sources told PTI, adding that earlier in the day, the NCB officials had seized her mobile and laptop.

The NCB officials, however, are yet to clarify about her role, if any, in the case.

18:31 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Ananya Panday leaves NCB office after questioning

Actor Ananya Panday, who was summoned for questioning in the cruise ship drug raid case, left the Narcotics Control Bureau office on Thursday evening.

17:27 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Aryan Khan, seven others' custody extended till 30 October

A special court in Mumbai extended the judicial custody of Aryan Khan and seven others till October 30 in the cruise ship drug raid case.

16:17 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Ananya Panday reaches NCB office

Following a visit by NCB officials at her residence, actor Ananya Panday and her father Chunky Panday reached the anti-drug agency's office following summons for questioning in the cruise ship drug raid case.

16:08 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Ananya Panday leaves for NCB office following summons

Actor Ananya Panday, who has been summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau for questioning in the cruise ship drug raid case also involving Aryan Khan, left for the NCB office from her residence at around 3.30 pm.


15:23 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Mannat visit as per due procedure, not raid: Sameer Wankhede

NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede said a team of Mumbai zonal unit officials visited Mannat, the residence of Shah Rukh Khan, for "seeking certain material related to the investigation of the case involving Aryan Khan by following due procedure of notice. It wasn’t a raid as erroneously reported in certain sections/channels of media."

14:17 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Arbaaz Merchant likely to move Bombay High Court today

Arbaaz Merchant, arrested along with Aryan Khan, is expected to move the Bombay High Court today. As per his lawyer "process of filing is on."  Aryan had been apprehended with his friend Merchant at the international cruise terminal in Mumbai on October 2, ahead of boarding a luxury liner that was allegedly to hold a rave party. While no drugs were found on Aryan, 6 grams of charas were allegedly seized from Merchant.

14:10 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Shah Rukh Khan met Aryan for 20 minutes

Shah Rukh Khan met his son for about 15 to 20 minutes, a prison official said, adding that there was a glass fencing between them and they spoke on the intercom. Four guards were present along with them during their conversation, he said. The actor was allowed to meet his son, as per the prison manual, like any other family member of a prisoner and no special treatment was given to him, the official said. 

13:14 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Aryan Khan drugs case: NCB officials outside Shah Rukh Khan's house 'Mannat'

NCB officials reached Shah Rukh Khan’s residence, Mannat, on Thursday. The development came hours after SRK visited his son in prison.

(Photo: Varinder Chawla)
12:48 (IST)21 Oct 2021
NCB teams at Shah Rukh Khan, Ananya Panday residences

A team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has reached Shah Rukh Khan’s Bandra residence ‘Mannat’ and actor Ananya Panday's home. It is learned that NCB officials met Panday and asked her to join the probe. This, following details the NCB claimed it obtained from an alleged WhatsApp conversation on Aryan Khan's phone. 

11:47 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Arbaaz Merchant’s father on drug case: ‘Could see the fright on his face, worried about my son’s security’

Businessman Aslam Merchant recently spoke to ETimes about how he has been unable to speak with his son Arbaaz Merchant properly ever since his arrest. Stating that he is concerned about his son’s security, Aslam said, “I wanted to speak to Arbaaz after the hearing and have been trying to get a chance to speak to him but to no avail. I also went to Khar police station which is near my house to register my phone number so that I get a chance to speak to my son, whose security is a big concern now because, as mentioned in the newspapers, he has been shifted to a general barrack of the jail.”

Further adding that he has only been able to talk to his son for three minutes since the past week, the businessman said, “I really don’t know how my son is and I don’t know what is happening inside the jail. I don’t even know who is he staying with in the barrack and what kind of people are around him. Besides, when I did get a chance to speak on video call last week, for just three minutes, I could see the fright on his face. I could feel his voice choking when he pleaded to me, ‘Pappa get us out of here, we are innocent.’ His choked voice and fright has scared me and I am worried about my son’s security.” Read more

Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant were arrested on October 3. (Express Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
10:54 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Aryan Khan’s drugs case: A timeline of the case so far

October 3, 2021Eight persons, including Aryan Khan, were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with an alleged drug bust onboard a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Three of those arrested, including Khan and two others identified as Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, were produced before a local court and sent to NCB custody till the next day ie, October 4, 2021. The three were charged under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act relating to charges of possession, consumption and sale of illegal substances.

October 7, 2021: Mumbai magistrate’s court rejected the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) plea seeking further custody of the three and five others present on the cruise. The court ordered for the eight to be sent to judicial custody. The six male accused, including Aryan Khan, were taken to Arthur Road jail, while the two women accused were taken to Byculla women’s jail.

October 8, 2021The metropolitan magistrate’s court rejected the bail applications filed by Aryan Khan, his friend Arbaaz Merchant and anchor-model Munmun Dhamecha, stating they were not maintainable before it.

Oct 11, 2021: Lawyers of the accused moved a Mumbai special court designated under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Special Court decided to hear the case on October 14. The defence lawyers opposed the one-week time sought by the NCB.

Oct 14, 2021Mumbai special court reserved its order in the bail plea of Aryan Khan for October 20, Wednesday. He was sent back to Arthur Road jail. NCB, during the hearing, stated that Khan had been a regular consumer of contraband for the past few years.

Oct 20, 2021: Aryan Khan’s bail plea, along Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, was rejected by a Mumbai special court, In the order, the court said that Aryan Khan’s case amounts to conscious possession of the contraband as he was aware that his friend had it. The court also relied on WhatsApp chats submitted to it. 

Oct 21, 2021: The Bombay High Court Thursday said the bail plea of Aryan Khan will be heard next Tuesday. Co-accused Munmun Dhamecha's bail plea will also be heard on October 26

10:36 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Bombay HC refuses videoconference hearing, to take up plea on Tuesday

Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh said that NCB hasn't been served the copy of the plea. Maneshinde said that they have been served the copy electronically. The High Court refused the videoconference hearing and will be taken up through physical mode on Tuesday, October 26.

10:33 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Aryan Khan's plea to be heard by Bombay HC on Tuesday

Advocate Satish Maneshinde mentions Aryan Khan's plea against the rejection of his bail application by special NDPS court before the single-judge bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre. The court has kept next hearing on Tuesday and said that the NCB can file a reply to the plea on Monday

10:16 (IST)21 Oct 2021
‘The ordeal continues’: Aryan Khan’s bail plea rejected, Bollywood asks why

Film and television celebrities took to Twitter to express their thoughts on rejection of Aryan's bail plea. Calling it an ordeal, director Hansal Mehta wrote, “The travesty continues. The ordeal continues. Heartbreaking.”

Swara Bhasker wrote, “Stunning abdication of law.. by those charged with upholding the rule of law!”

Television actor Kamya Punjabi tweeted, “What’s happened to our Judiciary system?Aam janta trusts our judiciary system as they are a neutral body and hence not supposed to be biased.This is harassment n a one sided opinion.There are so many other ways to interrogate, like house arrest,etc. why keep in Jail? #AryanKhan.”

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09:59 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Shah Rukh Khan visits Aryan Khan at Arthur Road Jail

This is the first time Shah Rukh has been seen in public ever since his son was arrested earlier this month. He is said to have cancelled all his shoots and professional commitments since that time. Shortly after Aryan Khan’s arrest, many Bollywood personalities started visiting his father’s residence Mannat in Bandra. Salman Khan, his sister Alvira Agnihotri and Priety Zinta are among those who visited SRK’s home. Shah Rukh Khan, however, has not posted anything on his social media handles.

09:47 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Shah Rukh Khan leaves Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail after meeting Aryan Khan

Actor Shah Rukh Khan leaves Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail after meeting son Aryan Khan.

09:32 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Actor Shah Rukh Khan reaches Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail to meet son Aryan Khan

Actor Shah Rukh Khan reaches Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail to meet son Aryan Khan. Aryan (23) is currently lodged in Arthur Road prison in Mumbai after he was arrested by the NCB following the alleged drug seizure from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on October 2.

09:30 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Cruise drugs case: Aryan Khan denied bail again, court says ‘conscious possession’

The bail pleas of Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, and two others were rejected by a special court in Mumbai on Wednesday. Denying bail to Aryan, who has been in custody now since October 3, a special NDPS court said that since Arbaaz Merchant, who was with Aryan, was found with contraband and Aryan knew about it, this amounted to “conscious possession”.

Aryan had been apprehended with his friend Merchant at the international cruise terminal in Mumbai on October 2, ahead of boarding a luxury liner that was allegedly to hold a rave party. While no drugs were found on Aryan, 6 grams of charas were allegedly seized from Merchant.

Aryan Khan, drugs case, Aryan Khan drugs case, NCB, Mumbai news, Mumbai police, Aryan Khan NCB, Indian express Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan. (Source: Instagram)

A special NDPS court on Thursday reserved its order on the bail pleas filed by Aryan Khan and two others in connection with the ship drug bust case.

After hearing extensive arguments of the investigating agency NCB and defence lawyers on Thursday, special judge V V Patil posted the matter for orders on October 20.

Aryan Khan was arrested on October 3 following a raid on the Goa-bound cruise ship and is presently in judicial custody. He is lodged at the Arthur Road prison in Mumbai. He approached the special court seeking bail after a magistrate’s court rejected the same last week.

Here’s what was said during the bail hearing

Anil Singh for NCB

* Opposing the bail plea filed by Khan, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, representing NCB, said that he was a regular consumer of contraband for the last few years.

* “The record and evidence placed before the court show that he (Aryan) is a regular consumer of contraband for the last few years. Contraband was found in possession of Arbaaz Merchant, who accompanied the applicant. It is clearly recorded in statement and panchnama that the contraband was for the consumption of both.”

Senior counsel Amit Desai for Aryan Khan

*”Government’s own policy speaks of being sensitive to students of schools and colleges and having a different approach for peddlers…Bombay High Court in a previous order did not agree with the contention that celebrities are to be treated harshly, stating that they are equal before the law.”

*”Nothing has been suggested on how the investigation will be affected if he (Aryan) is granted bail.”

*”The youth of today speak in a language what the older generation would call ‘torture’ of english language. How they joke with each other, how their relationships are with each other is very different. The language is beyond me. The chats, is it youthful banter, is it a joke, the context is important. The court needs to bear in mind that by no stretch of the imagination is this boy involved in international drug trafficking.

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