Aryan Khan, son of movie star Shah Rukh Khan, was denied bail after his sensational arrest in the Mumbai drugs-on-cruise case.
The 23-year-old was sent to the custody of anti-drugs agency Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) till October 7 by a Mumbai court.
Aryan Khan’s parents Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan did not attend the bail hearing.
“Investigation is of prime importance and it needs to be carried out. It benefits both accused and investigator,” a judge said while extending the custody of Aryan Khan and seven others.
Aryan Khan was “calm” while his friends Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha broke down when the judge announced the decision.
All eight were arrested on October 3 after the anti-drugs agency went undercover and raided a rave party on October 2 on the “Cordelia” cruise sailing from Mumbai to Goa.
The raids produced a haul of 13 grams of cocaine, 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA and 5 grams of MD, the anti-drugs bureau said. The drugs were found hidden in clothes, underwear and purses, media reports said, quoting an unnamed official of the anti-drugs bureau.
The Narcotics Control Bureau alleged that the case involves an international drug cartel.
“Links in the form of chats etc show the involvement of international cartel. It is a group of persons, like a gang,” the agency’s lawyer told the court, adding that “code names” were found in Aryan Khan’s chats and links of bank and cash transfers that had to be verified.
Aryan Khan argued that he was a special invitee to the cruise ship and “cannot be roped in with the entire seizure in the case”.
He said investigators found nothing in his bag and found 6 gm with Arbaaz Merchant, “a small quantity”.
“In my entire stay aboard I was not involved any drug usage,” said senior lawyer Satish Maneshinde, appearing for Aryan Khan.
Aryan Khan has been accused of purchase, possession, and use of banned substances.
Bollywood extends support to SRK
Multiple celebrities have come out in support of Shah Rukh Khan after his son Aryan Khan got arrested during a recent Narcotics Control Bureau raid.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta took to Twitter and wrote, “It is painful for a parent having to deal with a child getting into trouble. It gets compounded when people begin to arrive at judgments before the law takes its course. It is disrespectful and unfair to the parent and to the parent-child relationship. With you @iamsrk.”
While actor Salman Khan landed up at Mannat, SRK’s bungalow in Mumbai, to check on him, others reached out to him via calls and text messages.
SRK’s director friends like Rohit Shetty, Aanand L Rai, Aditya Chopra, and Karan Johar, and his co-stars, namely Rani Mukerji, Kajol, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma called him up, expressing concern over the development.
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, who was Shah Rukh’s co-star in ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’ said she felt Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan Khan are being targeted.
“For all those targeting #Bollywood remember all the #NCB raids on film stars? Yes, nothing was found and nothing was proved. #Bollywood gawking is a tamasha. It’s the price of fame,” she tweeted.