Chief metropolitan magistrate RM Nerlikar prolonged the NCB custody of the 3 keeping in view the fact that the agency recovered a moderate quantity of drugs from one of them, and Aryan was attending them. The magistrate also took into consideration that the investigation was at an initial and crucial stage.
On Sunday, the NCB charged Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant and produced them before a special holiday court later that day. That court remanded them to NCB custody till Monday.
Extension of Aryan Khan’s custody
The NCB on Monday pursued further custody of Aryan Khan, Merchant and Dhamecha till October 11, announcing it had to disclose the nexus between drug consumers and suppliers and confront all the arrested accused with each other and to arrest other suppliers of narcotics substances. However, the court extended their custody only till October 7.
The NCB claimed before the city court citing Aryan Khan’s Whatsapp chat that “shocking and incriminating” material has been recovered in his chat, Merchant and Dhamecha indicated international drug trafficking.
The NCB also asserted that Aryan Khan discussed modes of payment for procurement of drugs and that various code names were used.
“Raids are going on now. Shocking and incriminating material recovered in WhatsApp chats of the accused shows international drug trafficking,” additional solicitor general Anil Singh, seeming for the NCB, asserted.
“All the accused persons have to be confronted with each other. The international transactions need to be examined,” he added that the NCB has caught a supplier from Juhu and found a marketable quantity of drugs from him.
Sections under which Aryan Khan has been booked are available
Singh stated the sections under which the accused have been booked are bailable, the court has to evaluate the purpose of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) which is to eliminate the drug menace from the society, while hearing remand applications or granting bail.
“One cannot say that just because he or she is found with a small quantity, they are entitled to bail. Consuming drugs has nowadays become very common with even college-going kids consuming them. The accused here are high profile persons who are considered as role models by regular persons,” the NCB counsel said.
‘No criminal antecedents’: Aryan Khan’s lawyer
However, Aryan’s advocate Satish Maneshinde opposed the extension of custody sought by the NCB and claimed that his client had no criminal antecedents.
Maneshinde also stated, no drugs were recovered from his client’s possession, who had shown good conduct by not running away from NCB officers when the raid was being conducted and allowed them to search him.
His advocate argued Aryan was invited to the cruise along with his friend Merchant and that he had not paid any money to get on the ship.
“Nothing incriminating was recovered from Aryan Khan except his mobile phone. His friend (Merchant) was arrested because he had six grams of charas, but that has nothing to do with my client,” Maneshinde said.
He also denied the NCB’s claims that Aryan Khan consumed drugs even when he was abroad. “During the entire period of his (Aryan) stay abroad, he has not been involved in any trafficking, supply or distribution of drugs,” Maneshinde said.