Aryan Khan is released on bail after three weeks, although he could be held in custody until Saturday.
Three weeks after his detention in the drugs-on-cruise case, Aryan Khan, the son of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, was given bail. He'll be in prison for at least two more nights, as his lawyers can only ask for his release after the Bombay High Court issues a formal ruling today.
On October 3, Aryan Khan, 23, was apprehended by the Narcotics Control Bureau hours after narcotics raids on a cruise ship party (NCB). Since October 8, the star son has been held at Mumbai's Arthur Road jail, where he has been denied bail twice.
Bail was also granted to Aryan Khan's buddy Arbaaz Merchant and model Munmun Dhamecha.
Mukul Rohatgi, the former Attorney General of India, contended in court that no narcotics were detected on Aryan Khan and that the evidence against him was flimsy.
The NCB, on the other hand, said he was a part of a plot and that his WhatsApp conversations proved his involvement in illegal narcotics trafficking.
Given that no narcotics were found on him and no signs of use, the case sparked a debate about whether Aryan Khan's detention was appropriate. Messages of support have flooded social media, with many dubbing the arrest a witch hunt.
Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan's father, is one of India's most famous and well-liked actors.
SRK's Mumbai residence, "Mannat," is regularly packed with fans hoping to catch a sight of him, especially on his birthday, November 2. Hundreds of fans have been up in support of their idol in recent weeks, putting up posters and messages for him. Aside from Salman Khan, Farah Khan, and Hrithik Roshan, few people in the film business have openly expressed their support.
After two bail rejections, Aryan Khan's case was taken to the Bombay High Court by famous advocate Mukul Rohatgi.
Mr. Rohatgi said the arrest was illegal and violated his constitutional rights. He also informed the court that the prosecution against Aryan was based solely on "irrelevant" WhatsApp conversations from two years ago that had nothing to do with the cruise.
"These are males in their early teens. They can be ordered to treatment without having to go to court "Mr. Rohatgi explained.
He knew about charas placed in his companion Arbaaz Merchant's shoe, according to the special anti-drugs court that denied him bail last week, and this amounted to "conscious possession."
Mr. Rohatgi described this viewpoint as fanciful. "I have no control over what Arbaaz's shoe contains. There's no way to know if you're in control. Arbaaz isn't my servant, and he's not under my command "he stated
The anti-drugs agency claimed yesterday that Aryan Khan was a habitual drug user and that his WhatsApp communications indicate that he was buying "hard drugs" in commercial quantities.
"Accused number one (Aryan Khan) is not a first-time consumer," the NCB's lawyer, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, said.
The NCB referred to his WhatsApp talks when the judge inquired why the agency had identified him trading in a "commercial quantity."
"According to the WhatsApp conversation I'm depending on, he attempted to deal with commercial quantity. Not only that but all eight were detected with numerous substances when they were detained on the ship. It couldn't be a coincidence, can it? It is impossible to believe that the quantity and kind of the medication are coincidental "Mr. Singh explained.
Mr. Rohatgi claimed that the trip had 1,300 passengers. "The Taj Hotel has 500 rooms. Will you be able to hold the complete hotel if two individuals consume in two rooms? There is no evidence to support a conspiracy theory "he stated
Sameer Wankhede, the officer in charge of the drugs-on-cruise investigation, is under investigation by the narcotics department and Mumbai Police for claims of bribery and extortion in the case.