The investigating agency, in its reply to Aryan’s bail plea, alleged that material collated during investigation revealed the accused No 1 (Aryan Khan) has a role in illicit procurement and distribution of contraband. The NCB stated that Aryan procured contraband from Accused No. 2 (Arbaaz Merchant), from whom 6 grams of Charas was recovered. The investigating agency also stated that Aryan Khan was in touch with people who appear to be a part of an International Drug Network. The investigating agency further stated that Aryan Khan is an influential person and that there is a possibility that he may tamper with evidence and influence other witnesses and even flee justice. The NCB opposed Aryan’s bail while his lawyer argued on the ground that there was no recovered from the star son.
“They may have had information of a rave party but, it does not give them a right to pick up people otherwise unconnected and from who there was zero recovery or hold on to their custody when not required,” Amit Desai stated in court. He further argued that Aryan khan had no plans to consume or sell drugs. “They are some young kids. In many countries these substances are legal. Let us not penalise in bail. Let us not make it worse for them. They have suffered enough, they have learnt their lesson, if at all. They are not peddlers, racketeers or traffickers,” said the senior advocate.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had formally arrested Aryan Khan and seven others in connection with a drugs raid carried out on a Mumbai-Goa cruise. The matter was heard by Holiday Magistrate RK Rajebhosale and Aryan was sent to one-day NCB remand. His NCB custody was further extended till October 7. At the end of his NCB custody, Aryan’s bail was rejected by Mumbai’s Esplanade Court on the grounds that it did not have jurisdiction over it. Aryan was then sent to judicial custody for 14 days and is currently lodged at the Arthur Road jail.