U-Turn: NCB Gives Clean Chit To Shah Rukh’s Son In Drugs Case

| Updated: 27 May, 2022 2:22 pm IST


NEW DELHI: Superstar Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan, who was arrested on charges of “involvement in consumption, sale, and purchase of contraband”, has been given a clean chit in the high-profile cruise drugs case that hogged media headlines and brought Bollywood under close scrutiny in October last year.

Aryan Khan was taken into custody by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) from the Cordelia cruise ship when it returned to Mumbai from a Goa trip. He was later granted bail by the Bombay High Court.

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In a release, the NCB on Friday said it did not file a complaint against Aryan and five others “due to lack of sufficient evidence”. The agency had not found any drugs from the possession of Khan Jr.

“Based on an input NCB Mumbai On October 2, 2021, intercepted Vikrant, Ishmeet, Arbaaz, Aryan and Gomit at International Port Terminal, and Nupur, Mohak and Munmum at the Cordelia Cruise. All the accused persons were found in possession of narcotics except Aryan and Mohak,” the NCB said.

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The case was initially investigated by the officials of NCB Mumbai Zone. But as allegations of conspiracy and bribery surfaced against the then NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede, the investigation was taken over by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by deputy director general (Ops) Sanjay Kumar Singh.

“The touchstone of the principle of proof beyond reasonable doubt has been applied,” SIT head Singh stated.

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He said the anti-drugs agency will file a complaint against 14 of the total 20 accused under various sections of the NDPS Act, while Aryan and five other accused have been let off.

However, at the time of Aryan’s arrest on October 3, 2021, NCB Mumbai Zone Superintendent Vishwa Vijay Singh, in the arrest memo, said the superstar kid was involved in consumption, sale and purchase of contraband.

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