Aryan Khan’s bail application, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau on October 3 after searching a rave party while on a cruise to Goa, is expected to be heard by a special tribunal under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Act (NDPS) in Mumbai on Monday. The lawyer for Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, spelled her next move in case the bail request is denied by the court. “Of course, if a bail motion is denied by a court, we go to the higher court. We filed the bail motion here. The hearing will likely take place today,” Aryan Khan’s attorney Satish Maneshinde was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.
Last Friday, a district court in Mumbai refused to bail 23-year-old Aryan Khan and two others. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) RM Nerlikar sent Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha to prison for two weeks pending an investigation into the case. You have been booked according to various provisions of the NDPS Act. Nerlikar said in his 15-page injunction released on Saturday that a district court has no power to consider a bail application for a crime with a mandatory sentence of more than three years under the NDPS Act and that it is hearing in a special court must become .
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An NCB team searched the Goa cruise ship on October 2 following a lead claiming they had confiscated banned drugs on board the cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai. The NCB said Sunday it had arrested a Nigerian national in connection with raiding the drug party on cruise ships, bringing the number of people arrested related to the case to 20. An NCB official told PTI news agency that a team set a trap in a suburb of Goregaon and arrested the defendant, identified as Okaro Ouzama, on Saturday “along with an intermediate quantity of cocaine.” The official added that this was the second arrest of a foreigner in the case and that the NCB is making efforts to investigate the foreign connections on the basis of interrogations of the defendants.
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The case took a political turn after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik claimed Wednesday that the NCB raid was “wrong” and that “outsiders” were involved. Thereafter, Malik alleged that the NCB initially arrested eleven people from the cruise ship to Goa, but released three of them, including the brother-in-law of a BJP leader, a few hours later.
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In turn, the Central Authority said the two men Nawab Malik identified as “outsiders” involved in the raid were among the nine independent witnesses involved in the operation. An official told PTI that the NCB’s men were not known until October 2, when the raid on the ship going to Goa was carried out. “None of the independent witnesses, including the two (Manish Bhanushali and KP Gosavi), were known to the NCB before October 2nd,” the PTI official was quoted as saying.
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The NCB also said any allegations made against it in relation to the cruise line raid were “baseless, motivated and prejudicial”. Sameer Wankhede, director of the NCB zone in Mumbai, said the anti-drug agency was a professional. “We don’t see any political party or religion. We do our work professionally,” he added.