Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan denied bail in drugs case, to spend weekend in Mumbai jail
Mumbai/IBNS: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son-Aryan Khan- has been denied bail in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case.
He will be lodged at Mumbai's Arthur Road jail over the weekend.
A Mumbai magistrate's court on Friday said that Aryan's bail plea was "not maintainable", agreeing with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) that since drugs were seized a Sessions Court must hear the matter.
The court also rejected bail pleas from two other accused - Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamechat.
All three will now have to approach the Sessions Court for bail.
Arguing against Aryan's bail petition, the NCB said releasing him could harm the case.
The drug-control agency claimed he could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.
The NCB also insisted that Aryan and the other accused were "regular users of contraband".
"They are influential persons... is a chance of tampering with evidence. Had it been one person with small quantity, it would be different. We have a lot of material... protection like bail at this stage will hamper the investigation," Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh said.
He said Aryan has to be confronted with others arrested, referring to Achit Kumar; who was nabbed on the basis of the former's statement.
However, Aryan's lawyer, Satish Maneshinde, underlined that the NCB had not found drugs either on his client's person or in his bags.
Aryan, 23, and seven others were arrested after a raid at a party on a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai Saturday night by the NCB.
Though no drugs were found on him, the drug-control agency had made the case based on his WhatsApp chats that suggested involvement of international drug cartels and needed deeper scrutiny.
Aryan had been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days by a Mumbai court on Thursday.