Bombay High Court grants bail to Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha in drugs-on-cruise case
Mumbai: In a major relief to Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan and two others, the Bombay High Court on Thursday granted them bail in the drugs-on-cruise case, after over 25 days in custody.
They had been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on October 2 from a cruise ship on way from Mumbai to Goa Since then, they have been in jail.
Aryan’s bail plea was rejected earlier by a special NDPS court in Mumbai, following which his lawyers had approached the Bombay High Court.
The HC agreed to hear the case on October 26.
Former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi then joined Aryan Khan’s legal team. He argued that there was absolutely no material to prove any conspiracy.
NCB had claimed that Aryan knew Arbaaz was carrying cocaine and that he was involved in a conspiracy. It had said that he was accused of being used to procure contraband which was found in custody of Arbaaz.
While the agency had said that Aryan was aware of Arbaaz carrying the contraband and it was for both of them, Aryan has categorically denied having such knowledge.
Earlier, ASG Anil Singh appearing for the NCB had said that it was difficult to prove conspiracy and that only the conspirator knows they conspired.
The NCB has alleged that the accused had attempted to deal with commercial quantity of the drug, highlighting the nature and quantity of the drug seized.
Singh argued that it could not be a coincidence that eight persons on the cruise were found with different varieties of drugs and said that the commercial quantity could not be for personal consumption.
Rohatgi argued that there was no material to call it a conspiracy. He said that NCB had argued that since it was not a coincidence, it was a conspiracy. “Conspiracy can’t have anything to do with conjecture,” he submitted.
After hearing both the sides, the HC granted bail to Aryan, Arbaaz and Munmun on Thursday.
Following the order, Rohatgi said he hoped the trio would return home by Saturday.
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