Mumbai: A special Mumbai court on Wednesday once again rejected the bail application filed by Aryan Khan, 23 year old son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and two others in connection with the seizure of banned drugs onboard a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.
Special Judge V V Patil, designated to hear cases related to the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, rejected the bail pleas of Aryan Khan, his friend Arbaaz Merchant and fashion model Munmun Dhamecha. Aryan’s lawyer, senior counsel Amit Desai, told reporters outside the court that they will challenge the order in a higher court.
Aryan has been in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail since October 8, his 14-day judicial custody will end on Thursday. It is a mere formality that the duration of his custody will be increased again. He will most likely not be produced before the court.
Buoyed by the court’s order in their favour, NCB’s zonal chief Sameer Wankhede, who is not only spearheading the case but has also been the target of various allegations pertaining to the probe, reacted to the news with: “Satyamev Jayate. Let my detractors say anything. I will just work.”
Aryan was arrested on October 3 with seven others when the NCB busted a drugs party on board a cruise ship.
Many members of the film fraternity took to social media to express their anger over the alleged unfair treatment meted out to Khan’s son.
Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia termed the decision as "outrageous" and demanded that Aryan must be released soon.
Writer Kanika Dhillon also called out the decision.
“From what’s being reported by media that Watsapp is shoddy evidence to deny bail- Is it not about- ‘satyamev- jayate ’ anymore but harassment basis ‘my name is …..’? and ‘fall in line or else…..’ is this the msg to young India?”, Dhillon tweeted.
“The travesty continues. The ordeal continues. Heartbreaking,” tweeted Hansal Mehta.
In a tweet, actress Swara Bhasker called the court's decision a 'stunning abdication of law’.
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