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NCB ‘misinterpreted’ WhatsApp chat to implicate me in drugs case: Aryan Khan to Bombay High Court

By PTI

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan has said in his plea seeking bail in the Bombay High Court that the NCB “misinterpreted” his WhatsApp chats to implicate him in a case of seizure of banned drugs on a cruise ship. Has been doing. off the Mumbai coast earlier this month.

Aryan Khan, who is currently in jail, moved the HC on Wednesday after a special court rejected his application for bail.

The High Court will hear his bail plea on October 26.

In his appeal in the HC against the special court order, Aryan Khan said that the “interpretation and misinterpretation” of WhatsApp chats collected from his mobile phone by the Narcotics Control Bureau was “wrong and unwarranted”.

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The 23-year-old claimed that no banned substance was recovered from him after the NCB raided the ship and added that he has no relation with any other accused in the case except Arbaaz Merchant and Achit Kumar.

The Anti-Drugs Agency has so far arrested 20 people in this case.

The appeal further stated that the WhatsApp chats being relied upon by the NCB are “pre-prime (on the face of it)” of the period prior to the incident.

“The alleged messages cannot be linked to any conspiracy for which secret information was received,” it said.

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“The interpretation of the WhatsApp messages is that of the investigating officer and such interpretation is unfair and incorrect,” the appeal said.

Aryan Khan, while denying bail, also questioned the special court’s contention that since he is an influential person, he can tamper with the evidence in the case if released from custody.

“There is no presumption in the law that merely because a person is influential, his evidence is likely to be tampered with,” the appeal said.

Aryan Khan was arrested by the NCB on October 3 along with his friend Arbaaz Merchant (26) and fashion model Munmun Dhamecha (28).

At present, all three are in judicial custody.

Aryan Khan and Merchant are lodged in Central Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail, while Dhamecha is in Byculla Women’s Jail.

A special court designated to hear cases related to the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) refused to grant him bail, saying “they were part of a conspiracy”.

The trial court had said that Aryan Khan “had nexus with drug peddlers and suppliers and regularly indulged in illegal drug activities”.

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