Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday met his son Aryan Khan at the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai. Sources told PTI that the meeting only lasted for 10 minutes. Aryan Khan has been arrested in connection with Mumbai cruise ship drugs bust case.
The actor reached the prison located in Mumbai Central around 9 am and left at 9.35 am, an official told PTI.
A large number of mediapersons and local residents had gathered outside the prison when the actor arrived.
Heavy police security was also deployed outside the jail premises. So far, family members of the prisoners were not being allowed to visit the jail in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prison authorities started allowing the family members of prisoners to visit them from Thursday morning, the official said.
A special court in Mumbai on Wednesday denied bail to Aryan Khan observing that 'on the face of it', he was indulging in "illicit drug activities on a regular basis". His WhatsApp chats also showed, prima facie, that he was in touch with drug peddlers, the court noted.
V V Patil, special judge for the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act cases, rejected the bail pleas of Aryan Khan, his friend Arbaaz Merchant (26) and Munmun Dhamecha (28).
Aryan (23), arrested with a few others on October 3 after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast and claimed to have seized drugs including charas, has now moved the Bombay High Court. The lawyers of Aryan Khan and Dhamecha moved the High Court seeking bail soon thereafter. The matter is likely to be mentioned on Thursday before Justice N W Sambre seeking urgent hearing, legal sources told PTI.
Khan, Merchant and Dhamecha, among others, were arrested on October 3 for alleged conspiracy, possession, consumption, purchase and trafficking of drugs under the NDPS Act. They are now in judicial custody. While Aryan Khan and Merchant are lodged at the Arthur Road prison, Dhamecha is lodged at the Byculla women's prison in the city. So far, 20 persons have been arrested in the case.
(With inputs from PTI)