Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday after being detained and questioned in connection with a raid on a rave party on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on Saturday night.
The others who have been arrested have been identified as Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha.
The NCB sources said the three were booked under Sections 8(c), 20(b), 27 and 35 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The sections invite a maximum punishment of 20 years in jail and a minimum of six months, depending on the quantity of drugs found in possession of a person.
“We recorded Aryan’s statement in which he denied the purchase of drugs,” an NCB official said. Aryan was remanded in NCB custody till October 4.
The memo of arrest says Aryan has been arrested for involvement in “consumption, sell and purchase of contraband”. The memo says 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of MD (mephedrone), 21 grams of charas and 22 pills of MDMA (Ecstacy) had been seized, along with Rs 1.33 lakh.
The Congress alleged that the NCB raid was an attempt to deflect attention from the “real issue” of the drug seizure at Mundra port in Gujarat.
On September 16, nearly 3,000kg of heroin originating from Afghanistan was seized from the Adani-operated port — the single largest such consignment netted anywhere in the world in recent memory.
“The real issue is (the seizure at) Mundra port, the drug cartels in the country and drugs that are smuggled in from Afghanistan,” the Congress said, and asked what action had been taken in connection with that seizure.