Aryan Khan is a regular consumer of drugs, the Narcotics Control Bureau told a Mumbai Sessions Court Thursday afternoon as the bail hearing of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son resumed.
The NCB told the court “evidence showed” Aryan Khan frequently took banned substances; Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, representing the central agency, also referred to on-record statements to claim that “he (Aryan Khan) used to consume it for the last few years”.
“Aryan Khan is not taking drugs only once… the statement that has been received shows that he used to consume it for the last few years. Drugs have been found from Arbaaz Merchant (Aryan’s friend, from whom six grams of charas were seized) … Aryan was with him,” Mr Singh told the court.
“It is clearly written in the panchnama that both were about to consume drugs,” he said.
The ASG also declared that under the NDPS Act (the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act) any statements given to an officer of the NCB would be considered true till proven otherwise.
In yesterday’s hearing the NCB told the court Aryan Khan had “indulged in illicit drug trafficking” and was involved in the “procuring and distribution of drugs”.
The NCB had said that Aryan Khan sourced drugs and was in touch with “some persons abroad who appear to be a part of an International Drug Network for illicit procurement of drugs”.
“WhatsApp chats reveal the accused was in touch with a foreign national for bulk quantity of hard drugs,” the agency said, adding that all those arrested “are inextricably connected with each other” and “it is not possible to dissect the role, involvement of one accused from that of the other.”
Aryan Khan’s defence team argued he was “not present” during the drugs-on-ship raid, had no cash to buy drugs and didn’t have drugs on him.
“The allegation of illicit trafficking is inherently absurd. This boy who has nothing, he was not even on the vessel. It is an absurd and false allegation,” Amit Desai, who is also actor Salman Khan’s lawyer, said.
He also claimed Aryan “had no cash” when on the ship, so he could not have bought drugs. The NCB dismissed the argument, saying Aryan Khan used to source his drugs from Arbaaz Merchant.
Aryan Khan, 23, was arrested along with his friend Arbaaz Merchant and six others after the October 2 mid-sea drugs raid on the goa-bound Cordelia cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai.