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‘Rehab for the young man, not jail’

No bail for Aryan today as hearing to continue tomorrow

Hearing held amid a cloud of suspicion over NCB with allegations being made over massive lapses in investigation, extortion and payoff claims
Aryan Khan
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Our Bureau   |   Mumbai   |   Published 26.10.21, 06:31 PM

The jail-stay for Aryan Khan got an extension for another day, as the Bombay High Court posted his bail hearing for tomorrow.

According to an NDTV report, in today’s arguments, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi representing Shah Rukh Khan’s eldest son argued that Aryan was a “young man” and should be sent to a rehab rather than jail.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday had opposed the bail plea filed by actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan, who was arrested earlier this month in the cruise drugs seizure case, alleging the 23-year-old was not just a consumer of drugs but also involved in illicit drug trafficking.

The agency also claimed that Aryan Khan and a woman named Pooja Dadlani, Shah Rukh Khan's manager, were tampering with the evidence and witnesses in the case in an attempt to derail the investigation.

Earlier, Aryan Khan (23) had moved the HC on October 20 after a special NDPS court in Mumbai rejected his bail plea in the afternoon.

The special court, while refusing bail, had observed that Aryan Khan was involved in "illicit drug activities on a regular basis" and had a nexus with drug peddlers and suppliers.

The lower court had also rejected the bail pleas of Aryan Khan's friend Arbaaz Merchant and fashion model Munmun Dhamecha.

The three were arrested on October 3 by the NCB after it raided the Goa-bound ship and claimed to have seized drugs, including charas.

They are now in judicial custody. While Aryan Khan and Merchant are lodged at the Arthur Road prison, Dhamecha is lodged at the Byculla women's prison in the city.

The trio and others were held in the case for alleged conspiracy, possession, consumption, purchase and trafficking of drugs under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

So far, 20 people have been arrested in the case.

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