The Bombay High Court on October 28 granted bail to Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Seth Merchantt in the Mumbai cruise drug bust case. Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on October 3.
According to Bar and Bench, the court’s detailed order will be given today including the operative part.
During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG) Anil Singh, who is representing the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) pointed out that Aryan was found in ‘conscious possession of contraband.
“Aryan Khan is a regular consumer of drugs. There is evidence to prove that he has been providing drugs,” Singh said.
Aryan Khan’s friend Arbaaz Merchant and model Munmun Dhamecha have also been granted bail.
Aryan Khan’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, former Attorney General of India, had argued in court that no drugs were found on him and that the grounds for his arrest were flimsy.
The NCB, however, claimed he was part of a conspiracy and that his WhatsApp chats revealed his involvement in illicit drug dealings.
The case ignited a debate over whether Aryan Khan’s incarceration was justified, given that no drugs were found on him and there were no signs of use. Social media has been flooded with messages of support, with many calling the arrest a witch-hunt