Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and interior designer Gauri Khan, was given a clean chit by the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Special Investigation Team in the Cordelia cruise drug bust case on Friday. This comes seven months after he was arrested in connection with the case and spent 26 days in custody.
As per the NCB’s chargesheet, Arbaaz Merchantt, who was also arrested in the case, said in a statement to the agency that Aryan Khan told him his parents had advised him not to indulge in any illegal activity, especially drug consumption.
‘ARYAN NOT INVOLVED’
In his statements, Arbaaz Merchantt repeatedly denied any involvement of Aryan Khan. He also said that Aryan asked him not to bring any drugs on the Cordelia cruise as the NCB was active. However, Arbaaz still brought a little ganja in his shoes for self-consumption.
Arbaaz added that Aryan and him were close friends and the latter was aware that he occasionally consumed marijuana to calm himself.
In his statement to NCB superintendent VV Singh on October 6, 2021, three days after his arrest, Arbaaz Merchantt had given details of the person from whom he had obtained ganja.
The NCB also recorded statements of other friends of Aryan and Arbaaz during the probe. One of Arbaaz friend’s who was also accused at first but later let off said that he came to them and “apologised that because of him we all are in trouble”.
“Arbaaz told us that he has told NCB officers that we are not connected with this drug recovery from him,” said the friend.
Arbaaz Merchantt and Aryan Khan were arrested on October 3 in connection with a drugs raid conducted by the Narcotics Control Bureau. Helmed by zonal director Sameer Wankhede, the NCB’s Mumbai unit raided a cruise ship off the city coast. Aryan Khan, along with several others, was arrested and accused of consumption and ‘conspiracy’, among other charges.
From October 3 onwards, Aryan Khan was doing the rounds of courts in Mumbai seeking bail. Meanwhile, NCB’s Sameer Wankhede came under the scanner due to allegations of extortion in the case.
After several days of court arguments centred on the consumption and possession of drugs, the Bombay High Court granted Aryan Khan bail on October 28. He finally walked out of jail once the paperwork was complete two days later.
Now, the NCB has dropped all charges against Aryan Khan.