A special Mumbai court on Wednesday rejected the bail application of Aryan Khan. Bail applications of two others, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, were also rejected
Seven others including Aryan’s friend Arbaaz Merchant and model Munmun Dhamecha were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on October 3.
Aryan (23) is currently lodged in Arthur Road prison in Mumbai after he was arrested by the NCB following the alleged drug seizure from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on October 2.
In its last hearing on October 19, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh, appearing for the NCB, argued that there was need to take a “serious view” of drug abuse among youngsters, and that the principle of innocent until proven guilty does not apply under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. “The present applicant (Aryan) is not a consumer for the first time. The evidence placed before the court shows that he is a regular consumer of contraband for the last few years.
Senior lawyer Amit Desai representing Aryan said the NCB had submitted no material on how granting bail to Aryan would hamper its investigation, including any communication or chats on alleged drug use at the cruise party that was raided. After hearing the arguments, Special Judge V V Patil reserved its order.
It is to be noted that in similar to the Rhea Chakraborty case last year in Aryan Khans’s case also National Crime Bureau has relied only on WhatsApp chats.
In both cases, the NCB detained the two suspects, got access to their mobile phones, and used material stored in the devices, including deleted WhatsApp chats, to arrest them.
In the case of Aryan Khan, who was detained after a raid on a cruise ship off Mumbai earlier this month, the NCB claimed to have found 6 grammes of charas on Arbaaz Merchant, who had accompanied Khan on the cruise.
It took over Khan’s mobile phones, and said there was evidence in WhatsApp chats that indicated consumption of narcotics, along with his two voluntary statements.