Drugs-On-Cruise Case: Aryan Khan Walks Out After 23 Days In Mumbai Jail

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By: Anand Singh
Updated: 30 October, 2021 11:03 am IST

MUMBAI: After spending 23 days in Arthur Road Jail, Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan stepped out of prison on Saturday after being granted bail by Bombay High Court on Thursday.

Amid tight security and heavy presence of media persons and fans of Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan came out of the prison shortly after 11 am, and entered a waiting Range Rover car and drove to his house Mannat in Bandra (W).

Aryan was received by his father Shah Rukh Khan’s bodyguard Ravi Singh. SRK was reportedly waiting in his car outside the prison. A three-vehicle cavalcade was there to receive Aryan Khan. He came out of the prison after completing the paper formalities.

The Bombay High Court has imposed 14 bail conditions on him.

Aryan Khan and and his two co-accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha shall be released on a personal bond of Rs one lakh each with one or two sureties of the same amount, the 5-page bail order mentioned.

The trio have been asked to surrender their passports before the special NDPS court and not permitted to leave India without seeking permission from the special court and have been mandated to attend the NCB office every Friday to mark their presence.

Shah Rukh Khan’s friend and co-star Juhi Chawla went to the Mumbai Sessions Court on Friday to sign Aryan Khan’s bail bond of Rs 1 lakh.

The Bombay High Court has granted bail to Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant on Thursday, after they were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on October 3, a day after the drug-law enforcement agency raided on the Goa-bound luxury cruise ship. Also Read & Watch: Bombay HC Grants Shah Rukh Khan’s Son Aryan Bail; NCB Accused Him Of Bulk Delivery, Khan’s Advocates Said Rehab, Not Jail 

Justice NW Sambre ordered Khan’s bail, even as India’s additional solicitor general (ASG) Anil Singh who was arguing for NCB told the court that actor’s son was found in “conscious possession” of drugs and showed the court his Whatsapp chats, accusing him of using bulk delivery.

On Thursday evening, Shah Rukh Khan was seen smiling with the his legal team after the Bombay High Court granted him bail in connection with the drugs case.

Legal fraternity was divided across India after NCB’s arrest memo note on Aryan’s arrest stated that drug law enforcement agency had seized 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of MD, 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA (Ecstasy) and ₹1.33 lakh in cash during the raid.

The case has triggered a political storm with National Congress Party (NCP) and Congress and Shiv Sena leaders of MVA government in Maharashtra accusing NCB of irregularities.

Separate accusations of extortions and presence of private independent witnesses — K Gosavi and Prabahkar Sail — have fueled another storm. In an affidavit on Sunday, Sail had alleged that he overheard Gosavi and one Sam D’Souza discussing a Rs25 crore pay-off to let Aryan walk scot free. The affidavit had said that out of that, Rs 8 crore would go to NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede. Meanwhile, lawyers of Khan are still maintaining that drugs were found on him.

The lawyers of Aryan had to approach the High Court after a special NDPS court had sent him to judicial custody till October 30, making a tight case against all accused. The Bombay HC had began hearing the bail petition of Aryan on October 26.

NCB has till date arrested 20 people in connection with the drugs case and also questioned Bollywood actor Ananya Panday, daughter of actor Chunky Pandey. Also Read & Watch: Ananya Panday Questioned For 4 Hours By NCB, Asked To Appear Again On Monday

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