The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday handed Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, a free kick in the cruise ship drug case, in which he was arrested last year.
Besides Aryan Khan, 19 other defendants have been arrested in this case. All but two of the defendants are currently out on bail.
In a statement, the NCB said: “Based on an entry, the NCB Mumbai had on October 2, 2021 intercepted Vikrant, Ishmeet, Arbaaz, Aryan and Gomit at the International Port Terminal, Mumbai Port Trust and Nupur, Mohak and Munmum at the Cordelia Cruise. All defendants were found in possession of narcotics except for Aryan and Mohak.”
“Initially, the matter was investigated by NCB Mumbai. Later, an SIT from NCB Headquarters, New Delhi headed by Sanjay Kumar Singh, DDG (Operations), was constituted to investigate the the case, which was taken over by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on November 11, 2021,” the anti-drug agency said.
The SIT conducted its investigation objectively. The touchstone of proof beyond a reasonable doubt was applied. Based on the investigation by SIT, a complaint against 14 people under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) is being filed, he said, adding that the complaint against the other six people was not filed due to lack of sufficient evidence.
Meanwhile, the BCN on Friday submitted a charge sheet in the case. She filed the indictment at the registry and the NDPS special court will review it after checking the exhibits.
In March this year, the special court granted the investigative agency a 60-day extension to file the indictment.
Aryan Khan was arrested in the case by the NCB on October 3 last year and was released from prison later that month after being released on bail.
The investigating officer, Sameer Wankhede, was sacked and accused of deliberately targeting Aryan Khan and even trying to blackmail the accused.
The case was also transferred from a Mumbai-based NCB team to a Delhi-based team after irregularities and shortcomings in the investigation emerged.