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NCB records statement of Shahrukh Khan’s driver, arrests one more person in drug case

By PTI

Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau has recorded the statement of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s driver in connection with the seizure of drugs from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.

The driver reached the NCB office in south Mumbai on Saturday evening.

The officer said that his statement was recorded by the officials of the anti-narcotics agency after which he was let go.

NCB personnel conducted several raids in the suburbs of Mumbai including Goregaon late on Saturday night.

They have also arrested one more person named Shivraj Ramdas from Santacruz area on Friday night in connection with the seizure of drugs, the official said.

So far 19 people have been arrested in this case, including Aryan Khan, son of actor Shahrukh Khan.

Aryan Khan and a few others were arrested by the NCB last Sunday after a raid on a cruise ship bound for Goa.

A team of NCB led by its regional director Sameer Wankhede had raided the ship and claimed to have recovered the banned drugs.

On Thursday, the court had rejected the NCB’s request for the custody of Aryan Khan and seven others and instead sent them to 14-day judicial custody.

The NCB on Saturday conducted searches and questioned filmmaker Imtiaz Khatri’s residence and office here in connection with seizure of drugs from the cruise ship.

The official said the agency asked him to appear again on Monday.

Khatri’s name cropped up during interrogation of some of the accused persons, who were earlier arrested in the drugs seizure case, the official said, adding that the NCB is cracking down on drug peddlers and suppliers in the metropolis.

NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Saturday alleged that the NCB had initially detained 11 people after raiding the cruise ship, but released three of them, including BJP leader Mohit Bhartiya’s brother-in-law. . Operation.

The Indian retaliated, saying it would file a defamation suit seeking Rs 100 crore in damages against Malik.

A magistrate’s court has no jurisdiction to entertain a bail application for an offense with a prescribed sentence of more than three years under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act as it is triable by a special court, whose orders Accordingly, bail is granted. Aryan Khan and two others’ plea in cruise ship drugs case dismissed.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) RM Nerlikar rejected his bail plea on Friday.

In a 15-page order, the details of which were made available on Saturday, the ACMM said that “this court terminates its jurisdiction to entertain applications for bail” considering Section 36A and the fact that All three were held for an offense under various provisions. NDPS Act for which the prescribed punishment was more than three years.

His order further states that all alleged offenses are specifically triable by a special court.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s sons Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were arrested on October 3 on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast following the alleged seizure of banned drugs.

They have been booked under various provisions of the NDPS Act and are currently in judicial custody.

So far, 18 people have been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in connection with the incident.

The ACMM court observed that the investigation revealed that the charges leveled against all the accused pertain to consumption, sale and purchase, as well as the alleged seizure of commercial quantities of narcotic drugs and narcotics, for which the punishment exceeds the prescribed. three years.

The lawyers arguing for bail for the accused referred to several previous orders, the court of ACMM said that such judgments were not useful as the facts and circumstances of the present case were at hand, adding that the cited supra judgments are inconsistent with each other. were different.

“These pertain to the powers of the Court of Session and the High Court. Considering all these aspects, the bail applications filed by the accused are not maintainable before this court. They need to be dismissed,” he said.

When the matter came up for hearing earlier on Friday, the bail applications were challenged by Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, claiming that the magistrate court had no jurisdiction to hear such applications in the matter.

A lawyer associated with the case said that Aryan Khan has approached the sessions court for bail and the hearing is likely to take place on Monday.

The trio and others were arrested after the NCB raided a Goa-bound cruise ship on the evening of October 2.

Meanwhile, the magistrate court on Saturday sent Achit Kumar to judicial custody based on the statements of Khan and Merchant.

NCB has claimed that Kumar used to supply drugs to both of them.

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