Aryan Khan Case: No evidence of criminal association, says Bombay HC in bail order

Mumbai: The Bombay HC on Saturday (November 20) issued its detailed order following the granting of bail to the son of Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha in the case of drugs on a cruise ship. The Bombay HC noted that there is nothing in the file to infer that the trio hatched a criminal conspiracy.

What did Bombay HC say in its 14 page order?

“There is nothing on file to infer that the plaintiffs have plotted to commit an offense. At this point, it is difficult to infer that the plaintiffs are involved in a commercial quantity offense,” Judge NW said. Sambre de Bombay HC in the detailed bail order.

The court said there was no “positive evidence” to convince the defendant had agreed to commit an illegal act with “common intent,” according to an ANI report. He added that the mere fact that Aryan, Munmun, and Abaaz were traveling on the same cruise cannot be grounds for invoking the provisions of Article 29 against the trio.

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“The Court held that the allegation made by the respondent that the plaintiffs should be regarded as intending to commit an offense under NDPS, having found in possession of a commercial quantity, in the context of an outbreak plot is likely to be dismissed, “Sambre explained the court’s justification behind the bail of Aryan, Munmun, and Arbaaz.

Sambre noted that nothing “objectionable” could have been noticed after investigating Aryan Khan’s WhatsApp chats, which suggest he and Arbaaz, or all three, along with other defendants “hatched a plot” as the Narcotics Control Bureau claims.

The 14-page bail order said the investigation to date suggested that Aryan and Arbaaz “were traveling independently” from Munmun and “there was no mindset” on the alleged violation, according to a report from PTI.

Why was Aryan Khan arrested?

Last month, Aryan, Arbaz, and Munmun were arrested and then arrested following the NCB raid on a luxury cruise to Mumbai-Goa. The trio was convicted under the relevant sections of the NDPS Act for possession, sale, and purchase of prohibited substances.

Aryan was released from Arthur Road Central Prison in Mumbai after spending 22 days behind bars. The Bombay High Court had granted Khan a bond on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh. He was also ordered to surrender his passport to the court. By the conditions of his bail, he must inform the BCN investigator if he intends to leave Mumbai.

Aryan visited the NCB office on Friday, November 19, as his bail order requires him to mark his presence in front of officials every Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


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