A special Mumbai court denied Aryan Khan’s bail application on Wednesday. Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha’s bail applications were also turned down.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) detained seven people on October 3, including Aryan’s friend Arbaaz Merchant and model Munmun Dhamecha.
Aryan (23) is currently incarcerated at Mumbai’s Arthur Road prison after being apprehended by the NCB on October 2 following an alleged cocaine seizure from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.
On October 19, appearing for the NCB, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh argued that it was necessary to take a “serious view” of drug abuse among teenagers, and that the principle of innocence until proven guilty does not apply under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Aryan’s senior lawyer, Amit Desai, claimed the NCB had given no evidence that giving him bail would jeopardise the probe, including any communications or chats about alleged drug use at the cruise party searched. Special Judge V V Patil reserved his decision after hearing the arguments.
On Thursday, a special NDPS court reserved its decision on Aryan Khan’s and two others’ bail applications in the ship narcotics raid case. On Thursday, special judge V V Patil heard long arguments from the investigative agency NCB and defence counsel before posting the case for orders on October 20.