The bail application of Aryan Khan and two others in connection with a drugs case was denied by a Mumbai court. Last Monday, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) stormed a cruise ship and confiscated drugs, leading to their detention.
The application was denied by Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar, who stated that it was not maintainable.
Khan’s lawyer, Satish Maneshinde, told the court that his client comes from a good family, has roots in the community, and will not flee. Maneshinde also submitted a number of previous decisions in support of Aryan Khan’s bail. He also disputed the NCB’s belief that if Aryan is freed on bail, he will tamper with the evidence.
“Just because a person belongs to an affluent family, you can’t say he is likely to tamper evidence. There are people roaming streets with much more serious offences,” said Maneshinde. “I have never used my influence,” he added on behalf of Aryan Khan. He further stated that no drugs were discovered in Aryan’s possession, and that he was arrested solely on the basis of WhatsApp conversations.
Despite the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) request for a remand, Khan was sentenced to 14 days in judicial custody. The NCB claimed that a remand was required to confront Khan with those arrested in the case.
The 23-year-old was apprehended after an NCB operation on a cruise ship on October 2 yielded drugs for the agency. After the raid on Saturday, he was imprisoned and then arrested the next day.
Khan and others had submitted bail applications immediately following a court decision on Thursday, but the court scheduled the pleas for hearing on Friday at the request of additional solicitor general Anil Singh, who wanted to give the agency time to respond to the release applications.
After investigators confiscated 13 gm of cocaine, 21 gm of charas (hasish), 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy), 5 mg MD, and $1.33 lakh in cash from the cruise ship, they were all arrested under sections 8C, 20B, 27 read with 35 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.