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Aryan Khan involved in drug trafficking, tampering witnesses: NCB to HC

NCB said SRK's manager Pooja Dadlani “appears to have influenced panch witnesses"
Aryan Khan involved in drug trafficking, tampering witnesses: NCB to HC
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan being taken to Arthur Road jail from Narcotics Control Bureau office after being arrested in connection with the alleged seizure of banned drugs from a cruise ship, in Mumbai |

ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS S The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday opposed the bail plea filed by actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan, who was arrested earlier this month in the cruise drugs seizure case, alleging the 23-year-old was not just a consumer of drugs, but also involved in illicit drug trafficking.

The agency also claimed that Aryan Khan and a woman named Pooja Dadlani, Shah Rukh Khan's manager, were tampering with the evidence and witnesses in the case in an attempt to derail the investigation.

On the other side, Aryan Khan's advocates submitted to the HC an additional note, stating that he has nothing to do with the allegations and counter allegations that are being circulated between the NCB's zonal director Sameer Wankhede and certain political personalities.

The NCB on Tuesday filed its affidavit in response to the bail plea filed by Aryan Khan in the HC.

A single bench of Justice N W Sambre is likely to take the plea for hearing later in the day.

The anti-drugs agency in its affidavit said attempts are being made to tamper with the ongoing investigation with a malafide intention to derail the probe into the case.

"This is evident from the contents of a purported affidavit of one Prabhakar Sail," the agency said, referring to the allegations of extortion attempt made by Sail, an independent witness in the case.

The affidavit also referred to Pooja Dadlani and said "this lady appears to have influenced panch witnesses when the investigation is ongoing".

The NCB said the bail plea was "misconceived and ill-conceived".

It said the probe into the case so far has revealed Aryan Khan's role in illicit procurement, transportation and consumption of drugs.

The agency said prima facie investigation has revealed that Aryan Khan used to procure drugs from his friend Arbaaz Merchant, also an accused in the case.

"The applicant (Aryan Khan) was in touch with some persons abroad who appear to be part of an international drug network for illicit procurement of drugs," it said.

The affidavit further said even though there has been no recovery from Aryan Khan, he has "participated in the conspiracy".MAM

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