A Mumbai court on Thursday sent Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, and seven others in 14-day judicial custody in connection with the alleged seizure of banned drugs from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Ideally, an accused in judicial custody is sent to a prison and the process of securing bail gets much easier. LIVE Updates
However, in Aryan’s case, the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works as amended rules stipulate that jail authorities do not accept an accused’s custody after 6 pm without a fresh Covid-19 test report. Since Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R M Nerlikar pronounced his order at around 7 pm, that window passed for Aryan. Now, both of his bail applications will be heard on Friday at 12:30 pm.
Till then, as requested by Aryan’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde, he will spend another night in the custody of the NCB under the supervision of Sameer Wankhede, the Zonal Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), who spearheaded the raid on the cruise ship.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had sought an extension of their NCB custody, but the request was not granted. Aryan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant were arrested by the NCB on October 3 following a raid on a Goa-bound ship, while the other five were arrested the next day.
They were produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R M Nerlikar at the end of their earlier remand. The court sent them in judicial custody even as the probe agency had sought extension of remand till October 11.
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