Aryan gets clean
chit in drugs case,
Govt orders action
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NEW DELHI: Dropping the drugs charges against Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan on Friday, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), SN Pradhan said WhatsApp chats without physical evidence hold “no value”.
He said that a person can talk about anything on WhatsApp, but without physical existence, it’s not complete evidence. “There should be physical corroboration of WhatsApp chat. Courts have clarified that WhatsApp chat, in itself, holds no value. You can talk about anything on WhatsApp but if not corroborated with physical evidence, it’s not complete evidence,” the NCB head told media persons.

Aryan Khan

The NCB chief further clarified that there should be beyond a reasonable doubt, that the officials did not find.
“The principle of preponderance and probability is not applicable to NDPS Act. There should be beyond a reasonable doubt, that we did not find such evidence,” he added.
NCB has not filed any complaint against Aryan Khan and five others in the alleged cruise drug bust case due to a lack of “sufficient” evidence.
“A complaint against 14 persons under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act is being filed. Complaint against rest six persons is not being filed due to the lack of evidence,” the Deputy Director-General (DDG) of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said.
Apart from Aryan and five others, the NCB has submitted a complaint against all the 14 persons accused in the case.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2 night. Eight persons were arrested 20 people including Aryan Khan, along with other accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha the case.
Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were granted bail by the Bombay High Court on 28 October 2021.

Meanwhile, the Central Government on Friday directed the competent authority to take appropriate action against the former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official Sameer Wankhede for his shoddy investigation into the cruise drug bust case involving Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Aryan Khan with parents and sister and brother

The Centre’s action came soon after the NCB gave a clean chit to Aryan Khan and five others and has not filed any chargesheet against them citing the lack of evidence. “It is learnt that the government has asked the competent authority to take appropriate action against former NCB official Sameer Wankhede for his shoddy investigation into the Aryan Khan drugs haul case. The government has already taken action in the case of Sameer Wankhede’s fake caste certificate case,” said sources.
Based on input, the NCB in a statement on Friday said that its Mumbai branch on October 2 last year had intercepted Vikrant, Ishmeet, Arbaaz, Aryan and Gomit at the International Port Terminal of the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), and Nupur, Mohak and Munmun at the Cordelia Cruise. All the accused persons were found in possession of narcotics except Aryan and Mohak.
“Initially, the case was investigated by NCB Mumbai. Later, a Special Investigation Team from NCB headquarters in New Delhi, headed by Sanjay Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Operations), was constituted to investigate the case, which was taken over by the SIT on November 6 last year. The SIT carried out its investigation in an objective manner,” said the NCB.

Former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official Sameer Wankhede

The NCB further said that the touchstone of the principle of proof beyond reasonable doubt has been applied.
“Based on the investigation carried out by the SIT, a complaint against 14 persons under various sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act is being filed,” NCB said.
The NCB statement further reads that the complaint against the rest of the six persons is not being filed due to the “lack of sufficient evidence”.
On October 3 last year, Aryan Khan was arrested in connection with a drug case on a Mumbai cruise. Munmun Dhamecha and Aryan’s friend Arbaaz Merchant were also arrested, a day after the raid.
He was granted bail on October 28 after remaining in custody for 26 days. Aryan Khan and several others were arrested and accused of consumption and conspiracy among other charges.
Aryan Khan was placed under arrest for “involvement in consumption, sale and purchase” of contraband. Helmed by Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, the NCB Mumbai team raided a cruise ship off the city coast after receiving a tip-off on October 2 last year. (ANI)