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Aryan Khan drugs case: Summoned for questioning, actor Ananya Panday reaches NCB office

Mumbai drug case: It is learnt 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. A team also visited Mannat, Shah Rukh Khan's residence.

NCB team at Shahs Rukh Khan's Mannat on Thursday. (Express photo by Varinder Chawla)

Actor Ananya Panday on Thursday appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at its Mumbai office after being summoned by the agency in connection with the drugs case involving Aryan Khan.

Earlier in the day, NCB teams went to Panday’s residence and Shah Rukh Khan’s residence Mannat.

It is learnt 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.

Earlier in the day, Shah Rukh Khan visited Arthur Road jail to visit son Aryan. Aryan’s bail plea was rejected Wednesday by a special NDPS court in connection with the cruise ship drug case. The Bombay High Court Thursday said the bail plea of Aryan Khan 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.

Earlier this month, eight persons, including Aryan Khan, were arrested by the 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 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.

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