Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, in his statement before the Bombay High Court seeking bail, has said that the NCB was “misinterpreting” his WhatsApp chats to implicate him in the seizure case of drugs banned aboard a cruise off the Mumbai Coast earlier this month.
Aryan Khan, currently in jail, transferred to the higher court on Wednesday after a special court rejected his request for bail. The superior court will hear your bond statement on October 26.
In his appeal in the high court against the special court order, Aryan Khan said that the “interpretation and misinterpretation” of the Office of Narcotics Control of the WhatsApp chats collected from his mobile phone was “incorrect and unjustified”.
The 23-year-old claimed that no contraband was recovered from him after the NCB raided the ship and maintained that he has no connection to any of the other defendants in the case except Arbaaz Merchant and Aachit Kumar.
So far, the drug agency has arrested up to 20 people in connection with the case.
The appeal further said that the WhatsApp chats on which the NCB relies are “ex-facie (at first glance) from a period prior to the incident.”
“By no effort of the imagination can these alleged messages be linked to any conspiracy for which the secret information was received,” he said.
“The interpretation of WhatsApp messages is that of the investigating officer and such interpretation is unjustified and erroneous,” the appeal says.
Aryan Khan also questioned the claim of the special court, although it denied him bail, that since he is an influential person, he can alter the evidence in the case if he is released from custody.
“There is no presumption in law that simply because a person is influential, there is a possibility that they will alter the evidence,” the appeal said.
Aryan Khan was arrested on October 3 by the NCB along with his friend Arbaaz Merchant (26) and model Munmun Dhamecha (28).
The trio are currently in judicial custody. While Aryan Khan and Mr. Merchant are housed at Arthur Road Prison in central Mumbai, Ms. Dhamecha is in Byculla Women’s Prison.
A special court, appointed to hear cases related to the Law on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS), refused to grant them bail and said they “were part of the conspiracy.”
The trial court had said that Aryan Khan had “a nexus with drug dealers and suppliers and had engaged in illicit drug activities on a regular basis.”
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