Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, who is currently in Mumbai Central Jail in a drugs case, is spending his time in incarceration reading a religious book and other assorted fiction. Jail authorities claim he is being held behind bars just like other inmates, as per the jail manual.
Sources from the prison department said Aryan was reading ‘Golden Lion’ and also reading ‘a book related to Ram and Sita’. “Aryan demanded books from the jail officers. Accordingly, the authorities helped him to borrow a book from the jail library, which was a religious one. The jail library has hundreds of books bought by prison authorities as well as those brought in by inmates and left in the library after they are released,” said the sources.
The authorities claim that sometimes, inmates are also allowed to get books from relatives. “In such cases, we only allow books related to religious matters,” added the officer, on condition of anonymity.
Sources from the jail have said that Aryan, who was first lodged in the jail on October 8, was earlier kept in the quarantine barrack i.e on the first floor of Circle Number 1 in the jail. After the quarantine period ended, he was shifted to general barracks, with due safety measures being followed.
Like the other inmates, Aryan wakes up early, at 6am every day, as the jail manual stipulates. “As per the daily schedule, he gets tea between 7 and 7.15am. Then breakfast is around 8am. Lunch is scheduled at 11.30am. From 12pm to 3pm the inmates are locked in the barrack. At 5.30pm, dinner is served and the barracks are closed. Even when dinner is served early, inmates have it between 7 and 8pm,” added the officer.
Sources claimed Aryan spends his afternoons and evenings reading books. “There is also a TV in the barrack for all the inmates. Usually, they watch the news and Olympics or cricket matches and movies on weekends. Inmates also play volleyball and football on weekends. But for security reasons, Aryan is not allowed to mix with the general inmates,” added the sources.
Also, in the last 15 days, Aryan has been allowed to speak with his parents through a video call, as per court orders. On Thursday, Shah Rukh Khan met him in the ‘Mulaqat’ room, speaking to him through an intercom, as they were separated by a glass wall.