SRK's son Aryan Khan arrested in Mumbai cruise drugs case
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has reportedly arrested Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, in connection with a drugs raid on a cruise off the Mumbai coast on Saturday night. Khan had previously been detained and questioned by the NCB. He, along with the other accused, will now be taken for a medical test. Here are more details.
Khan was questioned for hours by officials of the NCB. Visuals showed officials taking him away for a medical test. Reportedly, all the accused will be taken to JJ Hospital for the test. Earlier, it was reported that drugs were recovered from all the accused and that they were to be produced before a magistrate court at 2 pm.
Along with Khan, seven others—Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker, and Gomit Chopra—were questioned, NCB Mumbai Director Sameer Wankhede had earlier told ANI. Sources told CNN-News18 that NCB officials examined Khan's WhatsApp chats and found strong evidence pointing to alleged drug purchase and consumption. Other celebrities were also present on the cruise, however, they were not possessing drugs.
NCB officials told TIE that they had received information about the rave party on a passenger cruise, which was to head toward Goa on Saturday evening. Officials had booked their tickets and disguised themselves as passengers. NCB chief SN Pradhan told ANI, "It's a result of a painstaking investigation that went on for two weeks," adding that some "Bollywood links" are involved.
CNN-News18 reported that drugs such as cocaine, LSD, hashish, and MD were present on the Cordelia cruise. A Delhi-based entity had reportedly supplied most of the drugs, while the LSD had been purchased online. According to The Quint, the detained men had hidden the drugs inside the stitches of their trousers, while the women hid them inside their sanitary napkins.
Cordelia Cruises President and CEO Jurgen Bailom said the drugs were found in the luggage of some of the passengers. "These passengers were off-loaded by Cordelia immediately. The sailing of the cruise got delayed because of this," Bailom said. No staff or crew member was involved in the drugs trade and they cooperated with the NCB officials instead, Bailom added.