Aryan Khan, the 23-year-old son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, was today granted bail in a drug trafficking case by a Mumbai sessions court. Aryan Khan, who has been in jail for 12 days since his arrest, was without any legal opportunity until the order was announced.
The court’s action came after Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, who represents the federal agency, arrived late and the bail hearing started almost two hours late, after the Narcotics Control Bureau said Arya Khan was a regular drug user.
Mr Singh cited recorded statements to tell the court that “he (Ariya Khan) had consumed it for the last few years”.
Opposing the granting of bail to Aryan Khan, Mr Singh made dramatic appeals for good action, saying in court that “this is Mahatma Gandhi’s land … this (drug) abuse affects children”.
Responding to this, Amit Desai, who is arguing for Aryan Khan, said that WhatsApp chats can be highly questionable when looking at the language used by young people today as the agency relies heavily on it.
“Please keep another reality in mind. Today’s generation has communication mechanisms, which is English … not the Queen’s English. Sometimes the older generations call it torture. The way they communicate is very different,” he said. Said.
“Changes in chats can often be misunderstood. WhatsApp chats are considered private conversations. But I am informed that there are no messages or conversations on the mobile about the rave party,” Mr Desai said.
“Normal conversations between friends on WhatsApp are always likely to appear suspicious,” he added.
Mr Desai acknowledged the dangers of drugs, especially to young people, but stressed that “whatever action is taken, it must be within the bounds of the law.”
“… we fought for freedom, we fought for the constitution, we fought to maintain the freedom of the people and their rights. We cannot ignore rights and take action without law,” he said.
Mr Desai said the NDPS had provisions for both “severe punishment for illegal trafficking” and “reformist approach to people who are addicted”.
“I am not saying that my client is (a) slave … I am reading that document. I am not saying anything personally but I am talking about the Supreme Court, the legislature and the government. The sentence will be decided based on the amount they have accepted that provision,” he said.
It is a defensive case that there was no drug on Aryan Khan when he was arrested.
Mr Desai also recalled the court (which responded to ASG Anil Sinha’s call for stern action against celebrities and influencers) that the Bombay High Court cap “… everyone is equal before the law (and) should decide every case” despite its position In its own right “.
Asked about WhatsApp chats recovered from Aryan Khan’s phone, he said conversations between friends can often be dubious in terms of the language used by young people today.
Earlier, ASG Anil Singh said: “Aryan Khan has not taken drugs only once … The report obtained shows that he has been taking it for the past few years. Saras Captured) … Aryan was with him.
“When the IO (investigating officer) asked if he had drugs, Arbas said there was drugs in his shoes … Both Arbas (he and Aryan Khan) agreed to travel on the ship.”
“This is not in the minds of our freedom fighters. This is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and the Buddha. The trial is at an early stage and this is not a condition for granting bail,” he said.
He cited eight previous judgments in the state of ‘Orissa Mahimananda Misra’, including the Supreme Court, that “circumstantial evidence can only exist in a conspiracy case”.
“There can be no direct evidence in the conspiracy because only the conspirator knows the conspiracy. Therefore the Supreme Court has said that there can only be circumstantial evidence,” he said.
The ASG also told court reports to an NCB official under the NDPS Act – citing Aryan Khan’s statements that security was mandatory – “will be accepted until proven guilty”.
“There are 15 to 20 people involved in this case and the conspiracy is being talked about … if the business size comes forward,” he said, adding that Aryan was “involved in illegal drug trafficking.”
In response to Aryan Khan saying that no drugs were available, he said: “No drugs have been found from you but, at the same time, action can be taken based on it if drugs are found from others on a commercial scale.”
“My submission is that bail cannot be granted in this case,” ASG Anil Singh said.
At yesterday’s hearing, Aryan Khan’s lawyers underlined any evidence that the NCP had not found any drugs in their client or that he was going to use banned substances.
According to the NCB, Aryan Khan “agreed to be used Saras “It simply came to our notice then.
Aryan Khan was arrested just hours after the Anti-Drug Agency officers raided a Mumbai cruise ship on October 2.
Since then Aryan Khan has been lodged in the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai; This morning he and five other convicts were transferred from the isolated constituency as the mandatory Govt tests came in negative.