On Friday 5th November Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). He was asked to present at the agency between 11 am and 2 pm. While granting bail the Bombay High Court set the condition for 23-year-old.
Aryan was arrested, along with several others, by the agency in the drugs-on-cruise case.
After 22 days in custody, Aryan Khan was released from the Mumbai Arthur Road Prison on October 30.
Although no narcotics were found on him, the anti-drugs agency claimed in court that his WhatsApp conversations revealed his involvement in “illicit drug deals” and links to a foreign drug cartel.
The Bombay High Court imposed 14 conditions on Aryan Khan’s bail, including the need that he not leave Mumbai without first telling the police and that he appear in front of the agency every Friday. The requirements include, among other things, not engaging in similar actions, not communicating with other defendants, such as his acquaintance Arbaaz Merchant, and not speaking to the media.
The NCB can request cancellation of bail if any of these conditions are violated.
The high-profile case has taken a political turn, with NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik levelling severe claims and insinuations against NCB officer Sameer Wankhede, who is probing the issue. Mr Wankhede was born a Muslim, according to the minister, but he fabricated documents, including a caste certificate, to pass himself off as a Scheduled Caste (SC) person after passing the UPSC examinations.
Mr Malik also accused Devendra Fadnavis, the former Chief Minister, of participating in a film reportedly funded by a drug trader. Mr Fadnavis disputed the charge in a press conference. Mr Malik, according to the former Chief Minister, has ties to the underworld, and he promised to bring evidence after Diwali.