Aryan Khan bail plea: Bombay High Court adjourns hearing till Wednesday
Former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi put up a spirited defence for Aryan Khan, stating that there is no case against Aryan and that, at best, he could be sent to a rehab centre rather than prison.
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday adjourned the bail hearing of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan in connection with the cruise ship drugs bust case after a marathon hearing. This after former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi put up a spirited defence of his client, stating that there is no case against Aryan and that, at best, he could be sent to a rehab centre rather than prison.
Punching holes in the conspiracy theory put forth by the NCB, Rohatgi said that conspiracy arises when all 20 suspects who have been arrested in the case by the agency had met before. He said that Aryan can be linked only to his childhood friend Arbaaz Merchant. Interestingly, Merchant's counsel claimed that the drugs that were reportedly seized from his possession were planted at the scene. Also read: Satish Maneshinde to Mukul Rohatgi: Meet 7 lawyers fighting for Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan's bail today
"There is no consumption, no possession... Why has this boy been sent to 20 days in jail," Rohatgi asked, adding, "The only thing is conscious possession and that is also small quantity." Countering the WhatsApp chats shown by NCB, the senior counsel said the chats do not pertain to the cruise or conspiracy, but rather, they were old chats. To use a general phrase like conspiracy is not right apart from the fact that there is no recovery." Rohatgi argued that the case had garnered so much attention because of Aryan was the son of Shah Rukh Khan. Also read: Tough times for Shah Rukh Khan: Did Nayanthara quit Atlee's film amid drug case? Read details
A few hours ago, ANI had reported that the Narcotics Control Bureau had opposed Aryan's bail. Their tweet read, "Narcotics Control Bureau has opposed Aryan Khan's bail application There is an international drug racket going on & the agency needs time to unearth it. If given bail, Aryan can affect the investigation, influence the witnesses &tamper with the evidence: NCB in its affidavit". To talk about Aryan's lawyer senior advocate Satish Maneshinde he had already fought for Aryan's bail plea at the Magistrate Court and Special NDPS Court, but his efforts had failed.