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NCB 'misinterpreting' WhatsApp chats to implicate me in drugs case: Aryan Khan to Bombay High Court

Aryan Khan, currently in jail, on Wednesday moved the Bombay High Court after a special court rejected his application for bail.

Published: 23rd October 2021 01:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2021 01:42 AM   |  A+A-

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan being taken to jail after being arrested by NCB.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan being taken to jail after being arrested by NCB. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

MUMBAI: Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, in his plea in the Bombay High Court seeking bail, has said the NCB was "misinterpreting" his WhatsApp chats to implicate him in the case of seizure of banned drugs aboard a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast earlier this month.

Aryan Khan, currently in jail, on Wednesday moved the HC after a special court rejected his application for bail.

The HC will hear his bail plea on October 26.

In his appeal in the HC against the special court order, Aryan Khan said the Narcotics Control Bureau's "interpretation and misinterpretation" of the WhatsApp chats collected from his mobile phone was "wrong and unjustified".

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The 23-year-old claimed no contraband was recovered from him after the NCB raided the ship and maintained he has no connection with any of the other accused in the case except Arbaaz Merchant and Aachit Kumar.

So far, the anti-drugs agency has arrested as many as 20 people in connection with the case.

The appeal further said the WhatsApp chats that are being relied upon by the NCB are "ex-facie (on the face of it) of a period prior to the incident".

"By no stretch of imagination can those purported messages be linked to any conspiracy for which the secret information was received," it said.

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"The interpretation of the WhatsApp messages is that of the investigating officer and such interpretation is unjustified and wrong," the appeal said.

Aryan Khan also questioned the special court's contention, while refusing him bail, that since he is an influential person he may tamper with evidence in the case if released from custody.

"There is no presumption in law that merely because a person is influential, there is likelihood of him tampering with the evidence," the appeal said.

Aryan Khan was arrested on October 3 by the NCB along with his friend Arbaaz Merchant (26) and fashion model Munmun Dhamecha (28).

The trio is presently in judicial custody.

While Aryan Khan and Merchant are lodged at the Arthur Road prison in central Mumbai, Dhamecha is at the Byculla women's prison.

A special court, designated to hear cases related to the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), refused to grant them bail noting that "they were part of the conspiracy".

The lower court had said Aryan Khan had a "nexus with drug peddlers and suppliers and had indulged in illicit drug activities on a regular basis".



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  • anthony

    The BJP is virtually waging a War on its own citizens by misusing the Central Agencies and wasting the precious time of the Courts The NDPs Court is nothing but a Captive court of the Govt like the CBI/NIA Courts that are more than willing to do the bidding of the Central agencies based on their Imaginary Conspiracy theories as we in Kerala have seen with the Gold Smuggling case and all the yarns flaoted by the Centra Agencies like Money Laundering
    1 month ago reply
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