Drug Bust Case: Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, two others arrested by NCB
Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s eldest son Aryan Khan has been placed under arrest by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Aryan, along with two others, was apprehended from the Empress ship off the coast of Mumbai on Sunday.
Aryan Khan was placed under arrest on the basis of evidence gathered against him during the investigation, officials said. Besides Aryan Khan, two others – Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant – have also been arrested. They have been booked under sections 8 (c), 20 (b), 27 and 35 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The three will be produced in the Magistrate’s court in Mumbai around 7 pm on Sunday.
The three were taken for medical examination and brought back to the NCB office in Mumbai on Sunday. Earlier in the day, NCB recorded Aryan Khan’s statement in connection with the rave party that was busted on Saturday night onboard the cruise ship. It is important to note that all statements recorded under the purview of Section 67 of the NDPS Act are voluntary.
In his written statement, Aryan Khan has denied the purchase of drugs. The statements of another five suspects – Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker and Gomit Chopra – are also being recorded, after which they are likely to be placed under arrest.
NCB sources said all electronic gadgets of Aryan Khan and the other accused were seized and scanned by the authorities to check for any indication of their involvement in the possession or consumption of drugs. Aryan Khan is Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s eldest son. The couple also have a daughter, Suhana Khan, and another son, AbRam.
The NCB has also summoned six of the organisers who had planned the cruise party. Kashiff Khan, managing director of FTV India, is also under scanner and NCB has reached out to him. The event was organised under the supervision of Kashiff Khan.
A team of the NCB has been sent to nab the drug peddler who supplied drugs to the cruise ship party. The name of a drug peddler came to light during the interrogation of those who were detained. The NCB is also looking for a person named Gopal Anand. Gopal Anand had a major role in organising the party on the ship.
The Director-General (DG) of NCB said detailed information on the incident would be sent to the Shipping Corporation of India and the shipping ministry. He said the NCB had received information about the rave party about 15 days ago. “We had received very confidential information 15 days ago about the drugs party on the ship after which we carried out this operation. We have got evidence against those who have been detained. People who organised this party on the ship will have to face an inquiry, they cannot escape the investigation,” DG NCB said.
In a statement, NCB said drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, mephedrone and charas were recovered from the cruise and a case had been registered. The agency said eight people, including two women, were apprehended and their role was being investigated.
“On the basis of specific information, the officials of NCB, Mumbai, conducted a raid on the Cordelia cruise that was bound from Mumbai to Goa on October 2. During the operation, all suspects, as per the information, were searched and various drugs like MDMA/ecstasy, cocaine, MD (mephedrone) and charas were recovered. NCB has registered crime no. Cr 94/21 in this matter. Further investigation is underway,” the NCB said.
Jurgen Bailom, president and CEO of Cordelia Cruises, confirmed that the narcotics department found drugs in some passengers’ luggage. “These passengers were off-loaded by Cordelia immediately. The sailing of the cruise got delayed because of this,” he said.
On Saturday night, the NCB raided a cruise ship in Mumbai that was departing for a three-day ‘musical voyage’ with people from Bollywood, fashion and the business sectors. Sources said the raid was conducted following a tip-off that banned drugs were being used.
The NCB officials, led by zonal director Sameer Wankhede, boarded the ship disguised as passengers on Saturday. The rave party began once the cruise left the coast of Mumbai and reached mid-sea.
India Today TV has accessed the details of the event that the organisers had promised to the guests during the three-day cruise journey. The cruise was supposed to depart at 2 pm from Mumbai and return at 10 am on October 4 after sailing in the Arabian Sea. The event, named Cray’Ark, was organised by FashionTV India with Namascray onboard the Cordelia, an Indian cruise liner. Interestingly, a document called the Crayark Bible that was circulated by the event managers of the cruise had a “no drugs or illegal substances” part.
The organisers, for the first day, had promised musical performances by Miami-based DJ Stan Kolev along with famous DJ’s Bullzeye, Browncoat and Deepesh Sharma. On Day 2, from 1 pm to 8 pm, an FTV pool party was organised for the guests. During the pool party, Raoul K, a DJ from Ivory Coast, was supposed to perform along with Indian DJ Kohra and Moroccan artist Kayza. After 8 pm, FTV’s Champagne all-black party was organised for the special guests. Later that night, from 10 pm to 7 am, electronic music circuits by HOSH Space Motion and others were supposed to perform for the guests.