Aryan Khan is a regular consumer of drugs, the Narcotics Control Bureau told a Mumbai Sessions Court Thursday afternoon as the bail hearing of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son resumed.
The NCB told the court “evidence showed” Aryan Khan frequently took banned substances; Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, representing the central agency, also referred to on-record statements to claim that “he (Aryan Khan) used to consume it for the last few years”.
“Aryan Khan is not taking drugs only once… the statement that has been received shows that he used to consume it for the last few years. Drugs have been found from Arbaaz Merchant (Aryan’s friend, from whom six grams of charas were seized) … Aryan was with him,” Mr Singh told the court.
“It is clearly written in the panchnama that both were about to consume drugs,” he said.
The ASG also declared that under the NDPS Act statements given to an officer of the NCB – referring in this case to statements by Aryan Khan on his use of drugs, which the defence has claimed was forced – is “admissible in court until proven wrong during the trial.”
He also said it was incorrect of Aryan Khan’s lawyers to link “use” of drugs with “consumption”.
“The definition of ‘use’ is that it can be used for anything other than personal consumption. That is, according to the definition, it is not being used for one’s own consumption.”
“In this case 15 to 20 people are involved and there is talk of conspiracy as well as, if the matter of commercial quantity has also come to the fore,” the NCB’s lawyer said, in reference to yesterday’s statement by the agency that Aryan Khan had “indulged in illicit drug trafficking”.
Yesterday Aryan Khan’s legal team had argued that he was “not present” during the raid (on a cruise ship anchored off the Mumbai coast), had no cash to buy drugs and didn’t have any on him.
“The allegation of illicit trafficking is inherently absurd. This boy who has nothing, he was not even on the vessel. It is an absurd and false allegation,” lawyer Amit Desai said.
In response to that, Anil Singh repeated what he told the court earlier, that: “There are also sections… If drugs were not found from you but, in the same case, if drugs in commercial quantity is found from others, then action can be taken on that basis.”
“My submission is that bail cannot be granted in this case,” ASG Anil Singh said.
In yesterday’s hearing Aryan Khan’s lawyers underlined the fact the NCB had found no drugs on their client or any evidence that suggested he was about to use banned substances.
On the NCB claim that Aryan Khan had “admitted he was about to use charas that was found on Arbaaz Merchant”, his defence team said the admissions were forced.
“The court knows how people are forced to make these statements,” said Amit Desai, who once represented actor Salman Khan.
Aryan Khan was arrested hours after the anti-drugs agency’s officers raided a Mumbai cruise ship party in disguise on October 2.
Seven others, including Arbaaz Merchant, were arrested on October 3.
Aryan Khan has been in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail since then; this morning he and five other accused were shifted from the quarantine block after their mandatory Covid tests returned negative.