A court in Mumbai on Sunday ordered Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan and two others to remain in custody till Monday in a drug-related case, Live Law reported.
The Narcotics Control Bureau had produced Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant in a metropolitan magistrate’s court after arresting them on Sunday evening.
Early on Sunday morning, the agency had detained Aryan Khan and seven others, including Dhamecha and Merchant, after it raided a party on a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai and seized drugs found on board.
The agency had seized 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of mephedrone, 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy) and Rs 1,33,000 from the cruise ship, Live Law reported, citing an arrest memo.
The three arrested have been booked under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
The Narcotics Control Bureau had sought two days’ remand of those arrested. However, lawyers representing Aryan Khan and the two others pleaded for one day in custody.
“I am neither found in possession, nor is there allegation of consumption,” Aryan Khan’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde argued.
The lawyer said that he will move a bail petition for Aryan Khan on Monday.
Before the arrests, Aryan Khan, Dhamecha and Merchant were questioned and taken for medical tests, ANI reported.
Apart from Aryan Khan, Dhamecha and Merchant, the anti-narcotic agency had also interrogated five individuals identified as Ismeet Singh, Nupur Sarika, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker and Gomit Chopra, according to ANI.
Officials from the Narcotics Control Bureau had boarded the ship dressed as passengers on Saturday after being informed that a rave party was being held on it, The Indian Express reported. The ship was scheduled to leave for Goa, the newspaper reported.
“As soon as the cruise ship left Mumbai coast and reached mid-sea, a few passengers started consuming drugs after which the NCB officials began their operation and caught them red-handed,” an unidentified official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
NCB chief SN Pradhan said that the raid resulted from investigations spanning two weeks, ANI reported.
“We acted on specific intelligence inputs, involvement of some Bollywood links has come to light,” he said.
Pradhan added that the agency would conduct more raids based on the information it receives after questioning Aryan Khan and seven others.