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FPJ Legal | Mumbai cruise drugs case: Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha move Bombay HC to seek bail

06:22 PM Oct 20, 2021 | Narsi Benwal

MUMBAI: Within hours of a special court turning down their bail pleas, Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and the other two accused - Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant moved the Bombay High Court on Wednesday evening, seeking bail.

The trio through their respective advocates have filed their bail applications in the HC and have even challenged the special court's orders denying them bail.

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"We have filed the bail pleas. We aren't mentioning our applications today but would try it tomorrow morning," confirmed advocate Ali Kashif Khan Deshmukh, who represents Dhamecha in the cruise ship drugs case.

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As per the HC roster, the bail applications from Mumbai district are to be heard by a single judge bench of Justice Nitin Sambre. Accordingly, the trio can mention their pleas on Thursday morning before Justice Sambre and seek an urgent hearing.

Notably, a special court presided over by Judge V V Patil rejected their applications on Wednesday afternoon.

It would not be out of place to mention that the NCB has invoked sections 8(c) read with sections 20b, 35 and 27 of the NDPS Act against Khan and the other two accused.

The trio was arrested on October 3, in connection with seizure of 13 grams of cocaine, 5gms of MD (mephedrone), 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy) and Rs 1,33,000 at International Cruise Terminal, Mumbai.

The NCB has further highlighted the WhatsApp chats retrieved from Khan's cell phone after his arrest and has claimed that it indicates that he was in touch with certain persons, who could be part of an international drug racket. It has also been alleged that Khan's chats indicate that he has been consuming drugs for a few years.

Refuting the allegations, Khan has maintained that no drug was found on his person and thus the NCB's contention of seizures was wrong and absurd.

Also Read: 'Poor kid has got into a mess': Prakash Jha reacts to Aryan Khan's arrest in drugs case

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