Clean chit to Aryan Khan in drugs case, excluded from NCB chargesheet

New Delhi: 

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday acquitted Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in the drug-on-cruise case.

The anti-drugs agency has filed a 6,000-page chargesheet, which names 14 accused, after drugs were found on a cruise ship off Mumbai last year. Aryan Khan, who was arrested after the raid, has not been made an accused.

“All the accused except Aryan and Mohak were found to be in possession of narcotics,” senior NCB officer Sanjay Kumar Singh said in a statement.

He said the agency did not find sufficient evidence against Aryan Khan and five others, including Evin Shahu, Gopal Ji Anando, Sameer Saighan, Bhaskar Arora and Manav Singhli.

Aryan Khan spent more than three weeks in jail after being arrested in a drugs case that was making news headlines and on social media. The Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) had initially claimed that Aryan Khan was a regular user and supplier of drugs.

The allegations were strongly denied by him and his lawyers, who argued that no drugs were found in his possession during the raid. A special court hearing the matter also questioned the submissions of the NCB, which said it cannot rely on mere WhatsApp messages to make such serious allegations.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Sameer Wankhede, was sacked and faced charges of deliberately targeting Aryan Khan and even trying to blackmail the accused. The case was transferred from NCB’s Mumbai based team to Delhi team after irregularities and lapses came to light in the investigation.


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