Aryan Khan: Drugs case hearing to continue today, here's where things stand

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The Mumbai cruise cause raid by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the consequent apprehension of histrion Shah Rukh Khan's lad Aryan Khan, among others, successful caller days has generated rather a buzz. As the probe into the lawsuit progresses, a Mumbai tribunal volition connected Thursday proceed the proceeding connected bail applications of Khan and different accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. The tribunal had connected Wednesday adjourned the proceeding aft the NCB claimed to person recovered Aryan Khan's links with the illicit procurement and organisation of contraband.

What is the lawsuit each about?

The NCB had connected October 2 busted the alleged drugs enactment connected the Cordelia Cruise ship, which was connected its mode from Mumbai to Goa. The squad seized 13 grams of cocaine, 21gm of Hashish, 22 pills of MDMA, 5gm of MD, and 6 gm of charas. It has made arsenic galore arsenic 20 arrests truthful far, including 2 Nigerian nationals.

The peculiar Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) tribunal is proceeding a plea for bail to Khan and different accused.

What NCB has claimed successful tribunal truthful far

The NCB, successful its reply filed astatine the peculiar tribunal connected Wednesday, said its probe has revealed that 23-year-old Khan utilized to procure drugs from Merchant, his adjacent friend, who was besides arrested aft the raid connected the cruise ship.

"Investigation has revealed accused fig 1 (Aryan Khan's) relation successful the illicit procurement and organisation of contraband," said the NCB successful its reply. The cardinal investigative bureau further said, “It is besides revealed successful the probe that accused fig 1 (Aryan) utilized to procure drugs from accused fig 2 (Arbaaz) and radical connected to Arbaaz.”

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Earlier, the cardinal bureau accessed WhatsApp chats betwixt Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant, and officials acquainted with the improvement said that Merchant whitethorn person “shared immoderate drugs” with Khan.

“Accused numbers 1 and 2 are associated and worked successful adjacent collaborations truthful the offences are attracted against them, particularly conception 29 of the NDPS Act (criminal conspiracy to perpetrate an offence),” the reply added.

The NCB earlier revealed that those aboard the cruise vessel initially planned to evade the information cheque by attempting to conceal the drugs successful idiosyncratic belongings, including shoes, socks, and adjacent wrong a sanitary napkin. Elaborating much connected this, the NCB said connected Wednesday that six grams of charas were removed from the shoes of accused fig 2 (Arbaaz) during the raid by the NCB.

Aryan's defence

Arguing for Aryan Khan's bail plea, his counsel, elder advocator Amit Desai connected Wednesday cited galore verdicts related to the seizure of a tiny fig of drugs. As helium claimed that his lawsuit was not adjacent connected the cruise and was apprehended arsenic helium was going to be the party, Desai highlighted a fewer points regarding planetary practices.

Desai argued that galore countries person made substances similar cannabis ineligible and removed them from the docket of unsafe drugs. They (the accused) are immoderate young kids and they person “suffered enough” and learned their lessons if astatine all, the lawyer said, adding that these kids should not beryllium considered cause peddlers, racketeers, oregon traffickers since the word ‘illicit cause trafficking’ is precise serious.

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Aryan was being represented by advocator Satish Maneshinde successful each erstwhile hearings. Earlier, the defence insisted that the NCB has nary grounds to proceed to support the accused successful custody since nary drugs were recovered from the idiosyncratic possession of Aryan Khan and that his WhatsApp chats lone consisted of messages astir shot and different related stuff. However, Aryan Khan's bail plea has been rejected thrice aft helium was arrested by the NCB connected October 3. On October 7, helium on with 7 others were sent to 1-day judicial custody. A peculiar NDPS tribunal is present proceeding the bail plea.

Meanwhile, Maneshinde clarified connected Wednesday that the bulk of the main statement connected portion of Aryan Khan volition beryllium carried distant by advocator Amit Desai from present connected retired and that helium volition lone adhd thing if required.

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