The NCB, which is probing the seizure of banned narcotics from a cruise off the Mumbai coast, told a court on Tuesday that the case has become like a novel by Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, with “new mysteries being uncovered every moment”. Is.’ NCB has so far arrested 16 people including Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in the drug seizure case.
Earlier on Tuesday, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar remanded Abdul Qadir Sheikh, Shreyas Nair, Manish Rajgaria and Avin Sahu to NCB custody till October 11. The court on Monday sent Aryan Khan and seven others to NCB custody till Thursday.
‘New twist-mystery coming out every moment’
Ahead of presenting his arguments for the remand of the four accused, Special Public Prosecutor Advait Sethna told the court on Tuesday that the case has become like a novel by Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes as every moment a new twist and mystery is unfolding in it. Is. Sending the four to the NCB’s custody till October 11, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar said a detailed investigation was necessary to get to the bottom of the matter considering the nature of the crime.
‘Can’t control the media’
After this, Sethna filed an application appealing for the remand proceedings of Sheikh in the presence of limited number of people. To this the judge said, it means you want in-camera proceedings. To this the SSP replied yes. “We were compelled to take this (appeal for action in the presence of limited number of people) because today’s remand is already under (media) coverage,” the NCB said. The anti-drug agency said it wanted to find out how its (remand) information was leaked. It further said that a request has been made to mitigate the risk of the accused. However, the magistrate asked how the identity of Shaikh could be protected if the name of Shaikh was already mentioned in the remand application. On the question of NCB regarding the presence of media persons, the court said that it cannot restrain the media and dismissed the application.
Sethna, seeking custody, told the court that Shaikh was arrested around 6 pm on Monday from suburban Jogeshwari in Mumbai and a narcotic was seized from him. The NCB said it has seized 2.5 grams of ecstasy and 54.3 grams of mephedrone from Sheikh. The NCB said that the other arrested accused, Mohk Jaswal, was arrested on the basis of information that came to light during his custodial interrogation. According to NCB, both Shaikh and Nair are (drug) suppliers. Two other arrested accused (Rajgaria and Sahu) were guests on the cruise ship.
‘A scapegoat made to hide big faces’
Advocate Apoorva Srivastava, appearing for Shaikh, said his client has been made a “scapegoat to hide big faces”. Srivastava argued that Sheikh did not know Jaswal. The lawyer said that he did not understand why Jaswal had named Sheikh. The advocates of the other accused objected to the remand application of the NCB saying that either small quantities of narcotics were seized from their clients or no seizure was made. The four accused have been booked under Sections 8C (producing, manufacturing, possessing, trading in narcotic substances), 27 (consumption of any narcotic substance) and 27A (financing illegal smuggling and harboring an offender) of the NDPS Act. ) case has been registered.
The NCB had told the court that shocking and objectionable material has been recovered from WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan and two others, who were arrested in connection with the case, which depict international smuggling of narcotics. The NCB had also claimed that in a WhatsApp chat, Aryan Khan is discussing the payment methods to be made for the purchase of narcotics and multiple code names are being used. Aryan Khan’s lawyer had claimed that the drug was not recovered from his client.