On Monday, a special court ordered the Bureau of Narcotics Control (NCB) to file October 13 its response to a bail request filed by Arian Khan, the son of a Bollywood superstar. Shahrukh Khan, arrested in connection with the seizure of illegal drugs aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai. Special judge V.V. Patil, who is hearing cases related to the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), said he would hear a bail statement on Wednesday (October 13).
Arian Khan was arrested on October 3. He is currently in court custody at Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai.
He applied to a special court for bail after his request to do so was rejected by a magistrate’s court last week on the grounds that he did not have jurisdiction to decide the matter.
On Monday, when Arian Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai mentioned the bail application, NCB’s A.M. Chimalkar and Advait Setna took a week to respond and submit their affidavits.
They said that the investigation into the case is still ongoing, and at this stage, quite a lot of materials have been collected, and at this stage it is necessary to see if the release of Arian Khan on bail would interfere with the investigation of the case.
Desai, however, objected to this, saying that human freedom was in question here and argued that bail would not halt the investigation.
“The bail will not stop the investigation. The NCB can continue the investigation. It is their responsibility. But keeping my client (Ariane Khan) in custody, especially when there was no (drug) seizure of him, is not required,” Desai said.
“No drugs were found on him (Ariana), and there is no other material against him. From the moment of his arrest, he was in custody at the NCB for a week, and his testimony was recorded twice. Why does he still need to be in jail? “the senior lawyer objected.
Chimalkar, however, said the agency needs at least a few days to file a response.
“What Desai claims appears to be rosy, but it is not what the investigation reveals or divulges. Arian Khan is under judicial arrest. We need to see if his release on bail will affect our investigation or hinder, ”Chimalkar said.
Setna, speaking at the NCB, told the court that there is little urgency to deal with the bail request immediately.
Desai then went to court with a request to separately consider and make a decision on Arian Khan’s statement, stating that the collection of drugs was different for each accused.
But Chimalkar and Setna opposed this and declared that the conspiracy was the same.
In addition to Arian Khan, four other defendants – Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sateja and Mohak Jaiswal – also applied for bail to a special court.
The court said it would begin hearings on Arian Khan’s request for bail on Wednesday.
Arian Khan was charged with crimes under sections 8 (c), 20 (b), 27, 28, 29 and 35 of the NDPS Act concerning possession, consumption and purchase of drugs.
To date, the NCB has arrested 20 people.