The Bombay High Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on the bail application of Aryan Khan, accused in the Mumbai cruise drugs case, till tomorrow (October 27).
Former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi appeared for Aryan Khan on Tuesday. A special court in Mumbai on Wednesday refused to grant bail to Aryan Khan and two others in in the Mumbai cruise drugs case.
Following this, Aryan Khan moved a bail application in the Bombay High Court against the NDPS court order on his bail rejection. The High Court had on October 21 stated that it would hear Aryan Khan’s bail application on October 26.
Earlier, during arguments, Mukul Rohatgi said Aryan Khan was invited to cruise as a special guest. “He (Aryan Khan) was invited to the cruise as a special guest. He was invited by Pratik Gaba who was like an organiser. He invited accused 1 Aryan and accused 2 Arbaz Merchant. Both were invited by the same person. They both landed up together at the cruise terminal,” Rohatgi said in the courtroom.
Rohatgi further attributed the NCB’s presence at the cruise to some prior information. “It appears that the NCB had some prior information that people on this cruise were having drugs so they were present in a certain strength,” he stated.
He said nothing was recovered from Aryan Khan when searches were conducted.
“My client, Arbaz and many others were apprehended. A search was conducted and nothing was recovered from Accused 1 (Aryan Khan). No medical at any point was conducted to ascertain if he has taken any drug,” he added.
Talking about the recovery of six gram of charas from Arbaz Merchant, Rohatgi said Aryan Khan had no relation with him except for arriving with him there and there was no recovery of drugs from Aryan Khan and no proof of consumption was reported.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 persons, including two Nigerian nationals, have been arrested so far in the case.