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Aryan Khan’s driver questioned by NCB in Mumbai cruise ship drugs bust case

Aryan Khan's driver questioned by NCB in Mumbai cruise ship drugs bust case

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday grilled the driver of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan, who was arrested in connection with the seizure of drugs from a cruise ship.

This comes hours after the Mumbai zonal unit of the NCB conducted searches at the residence and office of film producer Imtiyaz Khatri.

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

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik claimed that the NCB had initially detained 11 persons from a Goa-bound cruise ship off Mumbai coast last week, but let off three of them, including the brother-in-law of BJP leader Mohit Bharatiya, a couple of hours later.

He alleged that Bharatiya’s brother-in-law Rishabh Sachdeva was among those three persons.

“Two others – Pratik Gabba and Aamir Furniturewala – who had brought Aryan Khan to the cruise party, were released along with Sachdeva two hours after their detention,” he said.

On Friday, a court in Mumbai had denied bail to Aryan Khan and five others, following which they were sent to the Arthur Road prison. Two women accused including Munmun Dhamecha were sent to Byculla women’s prison.

They are likely to spend the weekend in quarantine cells of the two prisons as the Sessions Court.

On Thursday, the metropolitan magistrate had sent eight accused including Aryan in 14-day judicial custody after their NCB remand ended.

Based on a tip-off that a party was to take place onboard the ship, an NCB team had raided the Goa-bound Cordelia cruise last Saturday and claimed to have recovered drugs. A total of 18 persons have been arrested in the case, including Aryan Khan. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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