Attorney Kashif Ali Khan, who appears in court on the defendant Munmun Dhamecha in connection with a case of seizure of banned drugs aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai, said Thursday the National Narcotics Bureau (NCB) delayed things and it was “a disappointment” that Dhamecha, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, and others have been imprisoned in Aarthur Road Prison for many days.
Kashif Ali Khan said, “Aryan Khan’s attorneys had applied for VC approval from the court because another senior lawyer was about to appear. But the court refused. The court gave him permission to change his pleading. Since we received the order copy late yesterday, we had only turned to the court with the tenor. It is a disappointment that they have all been in jail for so many days. Many holidays in between. The NCB has also delayed things. “
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Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court said it would hear Aryan’s bail on the case on October 26. Aryan’s attorney Satish Maneshinde mentioned the plea before a single bench of judges, NW Sambre, who is requesting an urgent hearing on Friday. However, the additional Attorney General Anil Singh, who appeared for the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), sought time until next week.
Judge Sambre then published the request for a hearing on October 26th. On this day the HC will also hear the co-defendant Munmun Dhamecha’s application for bail.
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Aryan (23) moved the HC on Wednesday evening after an NDPS special court in Mumbai rejected his bail request that afternoon. The special court refused bail, but found that Aryan Khan was regularly involved in “illegal drug activities” and had links with drug dealers and suppliers. The lower court also had the bail requests from Aryan Khan’s friend Arbaaz Merchant. rejected and model Dhamecha.
The three were arrested by the NCB on October 3 after they raided the ship headed for Goa and claimed to have confiscated drugs, including charas. You are now in custody. While Aryan Khan and Merchant are housed in Arthur Road Prison, Dhamecha is housed in Byculla Women’s Prison in town. The trio and others have been jailed under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Drugs Act (NDPS) for alleged conspiracy, possession, use, purchase and trafficking in drugs.
So far, 20 people have been arrested in the case.
(with entries from PTI)
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