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NCB raid on Mumbai cruise highlights: Aryan Khan, seven others remanded in NCB custody till Oct 7

Mumbai Drug Bust highlights: Lawyer Satish Maneshinde, appearing for Aryan Khan, had earlier said that no substance seized from his client was in contravention of the NDPS Act.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 5, 2021 8:31:54 am
SRKShahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan being escorted by officials on Sunday (Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Mumbai NCB Raid highlights: All the accused, including Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who had been arrested after they were questioned in the wake of Saturday night’s raid on a cruise ship off Mumbai coast, were sent to further NCB custody till October 7.

The accused were produced in court on Monday. NCB had sought custody for Aryan till October 11. NCB had said that ‘shocking, incriminating material’ was found on Aryan’s phone.

Lawyer Satish Maneshinde, appearing for Aryan, had earlier said that no substance seized from his client was in contravention of the NDPS Act. “If any substance is seized from any other person (co-accused), that doesn’t make any ground to take my client into custody,” he said.

The NCB had earlier said that there was material in the form of WhatsApp chats against the three, allegedly ‘showing nexus with peddlers and suppliers on regular basis’. The three are booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act related to charges of possession, consumption and sale of illegal substances.

Apart from Aryan Khan, seven others — Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker and Gomit Chopra — had been arrested following the raid on Saturday.

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21:10 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Arbaaz Merchant being taken for probe by NCB officials

Accused Arbaaz Merchant being taken for further investigation by Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai. He is in NCB custody till October 7.

20:16 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Drugs probe: NCB searches cruise ship on its return to Mumbai, detains 8 people

The Narcotics Control Bureau detained eight people after searching a cruise ship on its return to Mumbai on Monday, two days after a drugs party onboard the vessel was busted off the city coast, an NCB official said.

The NCB also found some documents and some material, suspected to be drugs, after an over six-hour-long search onboard the ship, the official said, without divulging any further details.

The anti-drugs agency had on Saturday evening busted a drugs party on board the ship, of the Cordelia Cruises company, and arrested Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan and seven others, including two women.

On Monday, the NCB got information that the ship returned to the city after two days. Hence, NCB officials including its zonal director Sameer Wankhede reached the cruise terminal and conducted searches onboard the vessel, the official said.

The sleuths subsequently detained eight people and the latter were seen with travelling bags in their hands while they were being brought from the ship to the NCB's office. After conducting searches on Monday, the NCB is likely to record the statement of the cruise ship manager and owner, the official said. (PTI)

19:53 (IST)04 Oct 2021
'Probe in this case of prime importance,' says court

The court, in its order, while extending custody of the accused, noted that the investigation in the case was of prime importance and considering this aspect, the further presence of the accused before the NCB was necessary.

“The fact is that the co-accused in the case were found in possession of intermediate drugs and these three accused (Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha) were accompanying them. Investigation is of prime importance and presence of the accused is needed for detailed investigation. It is useful for both the prosecution and the accused to prove their innocence,” the court said.

The magistrate had sought to know from the NCB how much drug seizure was made from each of the accused. To this, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the NCB, said six grams of charas was seized from Merchant, while five grams of the cannabis was recovered from Dhamecha. All these are considered as 'small quantity' under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).

“From the other accused, we recovered five grams of MDMA (a stimulant drug). Ten grams of cocaine were recovered from from Vikrant Chhokar, 14 MDMA pills from Ishmeet Singh, four pills of MDMA and 3 grams of cocaine from Gomit Chopra and four MDMA pills from Nupur Satija. No recovery was made from Mohak Jaiswal, but he had provided the MDMA pills to Nupur Satija,” Singh told the court. (PTI)

19:43 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Repelled by 'ghoulish epicaricacy' of those 'witch-hunting' Shah Rukh over son's arrest: Shashi Tharoor

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said he is repelled by the "ghoulish epicaricacy" of those "witch-hunting" actor Shah Rukh Khan over his son's arrest and urged people to have empathy in the matter.

Tharoor said, "I am no fan of recreational drugs & haven't ever tried any, but I am repelled by the ghoulish epicaricacy displayed by those now witch-hunting @iamsrk on his son's arrest."

"Have some empathy, folks. The public glare is bad enough; no need to gleefully rub a 23yr old's face in it," the Lok Sabha MP said. (PTI)

17:45 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Aryan Khan, two others sent to NCB custody till October 7

Aryan Khan and seven others have been sent to further NCB custody till October 7.

Apart from Aryan Khan, seven others — Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker and Gomit Chopra — had been arrested following the raid on Saturday. All eight will now be in NCB custody till October 7.

17:38 (IST)04 Oct 2021
NCB makes ninth arrest in case

NCB makes ninth arrest in connection with the drugs seized from the cruise off the Mumbai coast. It says the arrested person, held in Juhu, is a supplier and drugs of commercial quantity have been seized from him.

17:26 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Aryan was among people who were held with drugs; need thorough probe: ASG

ASG says accused Aryan Khan had gone to the ship on invitation; he was present there among people who've been apprehended with drugs. “There are chats between you and others about drugs. So, there must be a thorough investigation of all these things,” he says. (ANI)

16:30 (IST)04 Oct 2021
No substance seized from Aryan Khan that flouts NDPS Act: Lawyer Satish Maneshinde

Lawyer Satish Maneshinde appearing for Aryan Khan says no substance seized from his client is in contravention of the NDPS Act. “If any substance is seized from any other person (co-accused), that doesn't make any ground to take my client into custody,” he says. (ANI)

16:12 (IST)04 Oct 2021
NCB seeks Aryan Khan’s custody till Oct 11, says found ‘shocking incriminating material’ on his phone

NCB has sought custody for Aryan Khan till October 11. It said 'shocking incriminating material' was found on his phone.

15:55 (IST)04 Oct 2021
NCB seeks 9-day custody for the accused

ASG Anil Singh appearing for NCB before a Mumbai Court says accused Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were booked under sections 8C, 20, 27 and 35 of the NDPS Act. Five more have been arrested and are under investigation, he submits before court. NCB seeks  9 days of custody for the accused. (ANI)

15:16 (IST)04 Oct 2021
All accused brought to city court now

All accused arrested following the NCB raid on a cruise ship off Mumbai coast brought to a city court.

14:59 (IST)04 Oct 2021
With you, SRK: Industry supports Shah Rukh Khan after son's arrest in drugs case

Bollywood personalities like filmmaker Hansal Mehta, and actors Pooja Bhatt and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi have expressed their solidarity with Shah Rukh Khan after the superstar's son Aryan Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with a drugs case.

Mehta took to Twitter and wrote that it was "painful" when people arrive at judgements on children, adding he stands with Shah Rukh during the difficult time.

"It is painful for a parent having to deal with a child getting into trouble. It gets compounded when people begin to arrive at judgements before the law takes its course. It is disrespectful and unfair to the parent and to the parent-child relationship. With you @iamsrk," the "Scam 1992" helmer wrote.

Bhatt, who worked with Shah Rukh in the 1996 film "Chaahat", took to Twitter late Sunday evening and wrote, “I stand in solidarity with you @iamsrk Not that you need it. But I do. This too, shall pass.”

Hours before Aryan's arrest, Shah Rukh's "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa" co-star Suchitra Krishnamoorthi tweeted that she is praying for the family. "Nothing harder for a parent than seeing their child in distress. Prayers to all," she wrote.         

In a subsequent tweet, Krishnamoorthi noted how the Hindi film industry ends up becoming an unfortunate soft target.  "For all those targetting #Bollywood remember all the #NCB raids on film stars? Yes nothing was found and nothing was proved. #Bollywood gawking is a tamasha. It's the price of fame (sic)," she added. (PTI)

14:46 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Aryan Khan arrested: What are the next options for Shah Rukh Khan's son?

Since the charges are bailable, Khan’s lawyers are likely to file bail on Monday. On Sunday, his lawyers argued that there was no bar under section 37 NDPS Act. This relates to a particular provision under the Act, where if the offences are non-bailable, the court is required to hear the public prosecutor and be satisfied that there are “reasonable grounds” that the accused has not committed the offences before granting bail. Since the charges do not fall under this category, the court will decide on his bail plea on the basis of the provisions under the bailable sections.

14:24 (IST)04 Oct 2021
From a semblance of normalcy to some panic on ship: a passenger’s account on NCB cruise raid

A passenger on the cruise recounts the time during the NCB raid.

"By around 9 pm there was a buzz on the ship that the son of a well-known superstar had been caught with drugs. We still did not have an inkling as to who it was. We tried to search online for news reports and came to know that some people had been arrested from our ship. Only when people got to know that Aryan Khan was arrested was there a bit of panic among guests. Many said they wanted to deboard as they did not want to get caught in an unnecessary controversy."

13:22 (IST)04 Oct 2021
What has the NCB told the court so far about Aryan Khan’s role?

The NCB while seeking Khan’s remand did not specify whether any drugs were found in his possession or were suspected to have been consumed by him though he has been charged with sections related to consumption. The central agency said that it was investigating “suspicious transactions” constituting offences under the NDPS Act. Its prosecutor also told the court that there is prima facie material in the form of WhatsApp chats showing nexus of respondents (the three arrested on Sunday) “with peddlers and suppliers on a regular basis”.

Khan’s lawyer told the court that nothing had been found in his possession nor had he admitted to any consumption or being in contact with persons related to the drugs seizure.

12:59 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan arrested: What drugs were found on the cruise ship?

As per NCB, they have found cocaine, mephedrone, MDMA and ecstasy from the cruise ship. They are yet to determine the quantity of the drugs seized, which will determine the sections that could be invoked in the case.

12:50 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Aryan Khan arrested: Why did NCB raid the cruise ship?

During the questioning of some drug peddlers, NCB officials said, they came to know that some people taking the cruise to Goa will be carrying drugs with them.

Based on this tip, around 20 NCB officials booked tickets and boarded the cruise, Ship Cordelia, disguised as passengers. They waited till the time those on board allegedly started using narcotics and caught them red-handed. The captain of the ship was then asked to take the cruise back to the international cruise terminal at Ballard Pier in south Mumbai. Those held were taken to the NCB office nearby.

12:15 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Aryan Khan arrested: What are the sections invoked in the case so far?

The NCB has invoked four sections of the NDPS Act so far. These include section 8(c) of the Act. The section has wide provisions for producing, manufacturing, possessing, selling, purchasing, transporting, using, consuming, importing, exporting any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance. This section is read with three others.

Section 20 (b) relates to use of cannabis, Section 27 relates to consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance and Section 35 which is a presumption of culpable mental state.

11:56 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Hansal Mehta extends support to Shah Rukh Khan: ‘Painful for a parent’

Hansal Mehta took to Twitter and wrote: “It is painful for a parent having to deal with a child getting into trouble. It gets compounded when people begin to arrive at judgements before the law takes its course. It is disrespectful and unfair to the parent and to the parent-child relationship. With you @iamsrk.”

Earlier, Pooja Bhatt, Suchitra Krishnamoorthy and Suniel Shetty had spoken up about the arrest and its aftermath.

10:55 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan arrested: Salman Khan visits Mannat

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan visited his close friend Shah Rukh Khan’s residence Mannat late Sunday night after Shah Rukh’s son Aryan Khan was arrested and sent to a one day custody of Narcotics Control Bureau. Khan was photographed in an all black attire and was seen gesturing at the paparazzi in the images.

Salman Khan at Mannat. (Photo: Varinder Chawla)

Aryan Khan is being questioned by the NCB.

Bollywood actor’s son among 10 held as NCB busts rave party on cruise ship off Mumbai coast

The Narcotics Control Bureau on Saturday carried out a raid and busted a rave party on a cruise ship mid-sea off the Mumbai coast.

The NCB officials claimed that a few days ago, they had received information about the rave party that was being organized in the passenger cruise ship which was to leave for Goa on Saturday evening. The NCB personnel accordingly booked tickets and boarded the cruise ship disguised as passengers.

“As soon as the cruise left Mumbai coast and reached mid-sea, few passengers started consuming drugs after which the NCB officials then started their operation and caught them red handed,” said a source. Cocaine and other synthetics drugs have been found in their possession which were subsequently seized during the raid, said officials

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