Cruise ship drug case: Court adjourns Aryan Khan’s bail hearing till tomorrow
Mumbai: Bail plea of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan and seven others in connection with the cruise ship drug bust case was scheduled for today by a special court in Mumbai. However, the court has adjourned for today and the hearing is set to continue tomorrow.
Earlier, the hearing date was scheduled for Monday, October 11, but the special court decided to hear the matter after Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) files a reply by this morning.
Advocate Amit Desai, who had got Salman Khan acquitted in the hit-and-run case represented the 23-year-old for today’s session. Albeit a long court session today, a verdict is still awaited.
The NCB claimed to have recovered banned drugs from some people aboard the cruise ship, hinting at an “international drug trafficking” network which needs to be interrogated. During the hearing, the agency opposed the bail application of Aryan Khan considering that it has come across some new revelations during the investigation.
Moreover, Merchant has admitted that he intended to sell the drugs found in his possession. Even though no contraband was recovered from Aryan’s possession nor in his medical reports, yet the NCB stands still with its statement that Merchant and Junior Khan’s relationship was no coincidence.
On October 8, Aryan was denied bail by a Mumbai Court after he was arrested in connection with the case. Following this, SRK’s son and five other accused were sent to Arthur road jail’s quarantine cell. Two female accused were sent to Byculla women’s jail.
An NCB team raided the Goa-bound Cordelia cruise on October 2 and claimed to have recovered drugs. So far, a total of 20 persons have been arrested in the case including Aryan Khan. The 20th arrest was made yesterday, who is identified as a Nigerian national and goes by the name Okaro Ouzama.