Narcotics Control Bureau’s action in Mumbai cruise drugs case continues. NCB had arrested 16 people so far. A Nigerian youth has also been arrested on Thursday. After which the total number of people caught so far has gone up to 17. This Nigerian youth has been caught in the dark of night. It is being told that 40 tablets of banned drugs Ecstasy have been found from it.
A court here on Thursday sent Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan and seven other accused to 14-day judicial custody in a case related to the alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Meanwhile, the judge dismissed the NCB’s plea for extension of custody, saying that custody cannot be granted on vague grounds. The court said the bail plea will be heard on Friday.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), while requesting for extension of NCB custody of Aryan Khan and other accused, argued that the accused need to be confronted with another person arrested in the case to unravel the conspiracy. However, the court did not allow this. Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Mergent were arrested by the NCB during a raid on the Goa-bound cruise on October 3, while the remaining five others were arrested the next day.
After the remand period ended on Thursday, the accused were produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar, from where they were sent to judicial custody. The NCB wanted to keep the accused in custody till October 11. The agency told the court that it has arrested Achit Kumar based on the statements of Aryan and Merchant. The NCB said the accused needed to be confronted with Kumar to unearth the conspiracy.
After hearing the arguments of the lawyers of all the accused, the court said that the purpose of NCB’s plea for extension of custody of the accused is to make Kumar face the accused. Kumar was arrested on Wednesday evening. He was produced before the court on Thursday from where Kumar was remanded in NCB custody till October 9.
The court, taking into account the timing of Kumar’s arrest, observed that no investigation was conducted when Aryan and Kumar were in the custody of the NCB and till they were produced before the court. The court said the defense lawyers have argued that the agency should give details of the investigation conducted so far which are not reflected in the remand application filed by it. The court held that the custody cannot be granted without a substantive reason.