Published On: Thu, Mar 31st, 2022
Crime | ByIANS

NCB gets 2-months extension to file chargesheet in Aryan Khan’s drug case

Mumbai: A Special NDPS Court here granted two months’ extension to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to file the chargesheet in the sensational raids aboard the Cordelia Cruise ship in which Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood mega-star Shah Rukh Khan, and other celebs are accused, here on Thursday.

On October 3, the NCB arrested Aryan Khan

Special NDPS Judge VV Patil accepted the plea by the Special Public Prosecutor Advait Sethna that there were certain compelling reasons for seeking extra time to file the chargesheet.

These include non-cooperation by the accused in revealing their passwords, the need to record afresh the statement of a ‘witness’ KP Gosavi who is himself accused of corruption and cheating, and currently in custody of Pune Police, and time to record the statements of 15 suspects.

Sethna further argued that since the NCB application has been filed within the 180-day period after the raids, the accused (two, who remain in custody) would not be entitled to default bail even if the order came later.

It maybe recalled that on October 2, 2021, the NCB sleuths led by the then Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede had swooped on the Cordelia Cruise ship off Mumbai harbour and detained over half a dozen persons, including Aryan Khan and other celebs.

Later, on October 3, the NCB arrested Aryan Khan though nothing was recovered from him, his friends Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, and another 17 persons including guests and drug peddlers were also nabbed (total — 20).

Four weeks later, on October 28, the Bombay High Court granted bail to Aryan Khan observing that there was no prima facie evidence to show that he and Merchant had conspired to commit offences under the NDPS Act.

Subsequently, Minister Nawab Malik — arrested by the ED in February — had made a serial expose questioning the alleged ‘farzi’ (fake raids) which were intended to seek publicity and extort money, plus ran a huge campaign against Wankhede.

The NCB was further embarrassed when a witness Prabhakar Sail made stunning allegations of extortion and pay-offs involving another ‘witness’ Kiran Gosavi, alleged Bharatiya Janata Party activists present during the raids, etc.

Following these developments, the case was taken over by a NCB Delhi’s Special Investigation Team which is currently probing.

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