Two officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have been suspended in the Cruise Dugs case involving Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan. According to the information, the Chief Investigating Officer, Superintendent VV Singh and Intelligence Officer Ashish Ranjan Prasad, associated with the Aryan case, were suspended with immediate effect. This action has been taken due to negligence and irregularities in work.
Significantly, NCB had made Aryan Khan and 19 others accused in the cruise drugs case. Aryan was arrested by the NCB on October 3 from a cruise ship in the coastal area of Mumbai. However, he was later released on bail by the Bombay High Court. While issuing the bail order of Aryan in November last year, the High Court had said that there was a nexus of drug-related offenses between Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. There is no evidence of conspiracy. The court had said that nothing objectionable was found in the conversation between them on WhatsApp.
The order said that “there is hardly any positive evidence on record to convince this Court that all the accused persons with a common intention to commit the unlawful act.” The court explained the rationale for granting bail. The court observed that “merely because Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were traveling in the same cruise, this in itself cannot be a ground for the allegation of conspiracy against them.”
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