Aryan Khan case: recent developments

Aryan Khan and seven others will remain in judicial custody till October 30. A special court in Mumbai ruled out this statement. Meanwhile, actor Ananya Panday, along with father Chunky Panday, left the NCB office. The NCB questioned them about the cruise ship drug raid case. A team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had reached Shah Rukh Khan’s Bandra residence ‘Mannat’ and actor Ananya Panday’s home earlier on Thursday, that is the 21st of October. The news came in that NCB officials met Panday and asked her to join the probe. This, was because the NCB claimed that it obtained a personated WhatsApp conversation on Aryan Khan’s phone.

The Bombay High Court Thursday said that the bail plea of Aryan Khan will be heard next Tuesday. He has been in custody since the 3rd of October. It was because of the Narcotics Control Bureau who complained against him regarding drugs. Advocate Satish Maneshinde mentioned the matter before the single-judge bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre today morning. Co-accused Munmun Dhamecha’s bail plea will also be heard on October 26. After this, the NCB will be able to file a reply to Khan’s plea on Monday. This is what the court who was hearing the case, said. Here are the live updates as to what happened on 21st October regarding Aryan Khan’s drug case.

At exactly 12:48 pm, a team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) reached actor Ananya Panday’s home. It was then that the NCB officials met Panday and asked her to join the investigation. This was because of a WhatsApp conversation on Aryan Khan’s phone. At 13:14 pm, NCB officials reached Shah Rukh Khan’s residence, Mannat, on Thursday. This happened long after SRK visited his son in prison.

When the clock struck 14:10, Shah Rukh Khan met his son again for about 15 to 20 minutes. A prison official gave this statement. He added that there was a glass fencing between them and they spoke on the intercom. Four guards were present along with them during their conversation. The actor was allowed to meet his son, as per the prison manual, like any other family member of a prisoner. The prison official gave him no special treatment just because he was a superstar. 

At 14:17 pm, news came in that Arbaaz Merchant, whom the NCB arrested along with Aryan Khan, was to be moved to the Bombay High Court. As per his lawyer “process of filing is on.” Aryan was actually arrested along with his friend Merchant at the international cruise terminal in Mumbai on October 2. It happened when they were in a luxury liner that was accused of holding a rave party. While no drugs were found on Aryan, 6 grams of charas were allegedly seized from Merchant. At 15:23 pm, NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede said that a team of Mumbai zonal unit officials visited Mannat. They did this for “seeking certain material related to the investigation of the case involving Aryan Khan by following due procedure of notice. It wasn’t a raid as erroneously reported in certain sections/channels of media.”

At 16:08 pm, Ananya Panday left for the NCB office from her residence at around 3.30 pm. When it was 16:17 pm, she along with her father Chunky Panday, reached the anti-drug agency’s office. They were summoned for questioning in the cruise ship drug raid case. At 17:27 pm, a special court in Mumbai extended the judicial custody of Aryan Khan and seven others till October 30. Actor Ananya Panday left the Narcotics Control Bureau office on Thursday evening at 18:31 pm.

When the clock struck 19:46, the sources told the Press Trust of India that earlier in the day, the NCB officials had seized her mobile and laptop. However, the NCB officials are yet to clarify her role, if any, in the case. At 20:30 pm, news came in that Ananya Panday was to appear before Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) once again for questioning at 11 am on Friday, that is, 22nd of October.

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