Aryan Khan granted bail by Bombay High Court in Mumbai cruise drugs case

Aryan Khan granted bail by Bombay High Court in Mumbai cruise drugs case

The 23-year-old son of Shah Rukh Khan has been in custody since October 3, hours after drugs raids on a cruise ship party.

Aryan Khan has been granted bail after more than three weeks in jail, by the Bombay High Court.

The 23-year-old son of Shah Rukh Khan has been in custody since October 3, hours after drugs raids on a cruise ship party.

Aryan Khan had been denied bail twice before.

Aryan Khan has been denied bail twice before. The special anti-drugs court that denied him bail last week said he knew about charas hidden in his friend Arbaaz Merchant's shoe, and this amounted to "conscious possession". Arbaaz Merchant was also arrested along with Aryan and 18 others.

Aryan Khan granted bail by Bombay High Court in Mumbai cruise drugs case
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On Wednesday, Senior Advocate Amit Desai, representing co-accused and Aryan’s friend Arbaaz Merchant, argued before the single-judge bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre that the NCB’s arrests in the case were “illegal” because the agency failed to follow procedure under section 41A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which mandates the investigating officer to issue notice of appearance prior to arrest. Desai also contended that WhatsApp chats were not admissible in court, according to previous High Court judgments and provisions of the Indian Evidence Act.

In other news, the Pune City Police has ‘nabbed’ Kiran Gosavi, the self-styled detective cited as an “independent witness” by the NCB in the drugs-on-cruise case involving Aryan Khan, in connection with a cheating case lodged in 2018. Gosavi had gone incommunicado soon after his selfie with Aryan Khan went viral on social media and questions were raised about his conduct during the drugs bust.

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