Mumbai Live Highlights: The Bombay High Court’s detailed order granting bail to Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha was made available on Saturday. In the 14-page order, the court has said that there is no material to infer that applicants hatched a conspiracy to commit offence.
“There is hardly any positive evidence on record to convince this Court that all the accused persons with common intention agreed to commit unlawful act. Rather the investigation carried out till this date suggests that Applicant/Accused nos. 1 & 2 (Aryan and Merchant) were travelling independent of Applicant/Accused no. 3 (Dhamecha) and there was no meeting of minds on the aforesaid issue,” the court said.
It has said that it is difficult to infer at this stage that the applicants are involved in an offence of collecting drugs of commercial quantity. “After having gone through the WhatsApp chats extracted from Applicant/Accused no. 1’s phone, nothing objectionable could be noticed to suggest that Applicant nos. 1 & 2 or all three applicants along with other Accused persons in agreement have meeting of minds and have hatched conspiracy committing the offence in question,” Bombay High Court on chats shown by NCB allegedly recovered from Aryan’s phone.
Maharashtra on Saturday reported 833 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 15 fatalities, taking the infection tally to 66,29,577 and the death toll to 1,40,722, a health department official said. Mumbai city reported eight fatalities and the highest 336 new infections in the day in Maharashtra, followed by rural parts of Pune which added 100 cases.
Maharashtra’s Covid-19 recovery rate now stands at 97.67 per cent and the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent.