Aryan Khan, 23, the son of Bollywood mega-star Shah Rukh Khan and producer Gauri Khan, admitted to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) that he started smoking Ganja (cannabis) in 2018 while he was studying for his degree in the United States.
Aryan’s “voluntary statement,” made under the NDPS Act, 1985, Sec 67, before Ashish Ranjan, IO, is part of the final complaint filed in the NDPS Special Tribunal by the BCN on Friday, May 27, and was revealed hours after the superstar’s son was cleared of the case.
He claimed that at that time he was suffering from some sleep disorders and he had read articles on the internet that Ganja (also known as bhaang, pot, weed, etc.) could help him.
Unaware of what awaited him, Aryan revealed that he had been friends with fellow co-defendant Arbaaz Merchant for the past seven to eight years and even the latter smoked Ganja and Hashish.
At Arbaaz’s cajoling, Aryan admitted that he had sometimes tried smoking hashish (charas) but didn’t enjoy it much.
Aryan, along with his friends Pratik, Manav and Arbaaz had gone to the Mumbai International Cruise Terminal (ICT) in his Mercedes car around 3:30 p.m. (October 2, 2021) to board the Cordelia cruise, and Arbaaz had promised to bring hashish for it. to party.
While crossing the check-in point at ICT, Aryan said he was intercepted by NCB IO Ashish Ranjan Prasad and even introduced to then Mumbai Area Manager Sameer Wankhede as as a listed officer, subject to a personal search after explaining his rights.
During this physical search, no drugs were recovered from Aryan and he surrendered his cell phone at the request of the NCB.
After checking some messages, the officer asked Aryan if he knew Arbaaz Merchant, to whom he said yes – and with whom he was to share a cabin on the Cordelia Cruise ship.
When the OI asked Aryan if he deals with narcotics, he replied that he only uses natural drugs like Ganja or Hashish.
Aryan also revealed that Arbaaz took out and handed over a small amount of Charas to NCB IO Ashish Ranjan Prasad, and said that whatever was retrieved (from Arbaaz) was only for consumption and probably bought by him from Bandra, after which the NCB team tested the Charas with a kit and sealed in a pouch.
Later, the NCB team thoroughly searched all the cabins assigned to Aryan and his friends, and served notice to appear immediately in front of the NCB office in Mumbai to make his voluntary statement.
During questioning, Aryan confessed to making “incriminating WhatsApp chats” on his mobile phone and signed the transcript of the chats.
The conversation with his friend Archit regarding a poker game and the purchase of Weed from him in exchange for a loan of Rs 80,000 which he (Archit) was unable to repay, through a supplier he knew in Powai and Bandra.
After all this, the stunned Aryan was arrested by Superintendent of NCB Mumbai VV Singh on 3rd October 2021 at 2pm under NDPS Act, 1985, Sec 8A, 22(b), 27 and 35 – triggering the one of the biggest news stories of the year following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The baffled Aryan was clarified about the arrest charges through his arrest memo which he countersigned as a receipt and the information was linked to Shah Rukh Khan and his family members.
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After completing forensic formalities, he was brought before Sessions Court which remanded him into NCB custody and then into custody, spending a total of approximately 28 nights in the Damp Cell at Central Jail. ‘Arthur Road.
After receiving a ‘good word’ from the NCB Special Investigation Team on Friday, there is a huge clamor to take action against former Mumbai NCB chief Wankhede and his team, as well as some activists in the Bharatiya Janata Party, who allegedly conspired to entrap the unsuspecting Aryan and others in the sensational affair.