The Assam Tribune

No bail yet for Aryan in cruise drugs case, HC hearing to continue today


MUMBAI, Oct 26: The Bombay High Court would on Wednesday continue hearing on bail applicatio­ns of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan"s son Aryan Khan and two other persons arrested by the NCB following alleged drug seizure from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast earlier this month.

Aryan (23), meanwhile, distanced himself from an allegation of extortion attempt against the NCB"s zonal director Sameer Wankhede who had supervised the raid on the ship on October 2.

Aryan"s lawyers Mukul Rohatgi and Satish Maneshinde argued before Justice NW Sambre that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had no evidence against him.

#Aryan has no complaints whatsoever against any officer of the NCB, including its zonal director Sameer Wankhede. Aryan is not concerned with these unsavoury controvers­ies. He completely denies any relation to this,$ senior counsel Rohatgi also told the court.

The NCB and Wankhede on Monday had said the allegation­s were part of vendetta by a political leader whose son-in-law had been arrested by the NCB in the past, the lawyer said.

#But today, the NCB is putting this on Aryan Khan and saying he is tampering with witnesses. This is affecting my client"s case,$ Rohatgi argued.

He contended that the #legislativ­e intent$ behind the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotrop­ic Substances (NDPS) Act under which Aryan and others were arrested was reformatio­n in cases involving small quantities of drugs. The Act intends that young people be treated as victims and not as accused, he added.

#The legislativ­e intent of the NDPS Act is clear about this. Section 64A of the Act provides immunity to those persons who have been accused of possessing small quantities of drugs... If these persons are agreeable to be sent to rehab then that should be allowed,$ Rohatgi said, adding he cannot be held responsibl­e for some other person"s alleged possession of drugs.

After Rohatgi completed his arguments, the high court said it would continue hearing on the bail pleas of co-accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha on Wednesday. He will also hear the arguments of Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, the NCB"s lawyer, on Wednesday, the judge said. ! PTI

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