Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is finally seen getting a clean chit in the cruise drugs case. No evidence has been found against him to prove that he was part of a larger conspiracy or an international drug smuggling syndicate. In fact, contrary to the allegations of the unit of NCB Mumbai, the SIT (Special Investigation Team) has shared with HT some findings of its investigation which states that Aryan Khan was not in possession of any drugs.
Question on Wankhede’s working style-
Investigation team says Aryan Khan’s chat does not reveal that he was part of any international syndicate. Apart from this, irregularities were committed during the raid on the cruise. No video-recording was done during the raid, as mandated by the NCB manual. The SIT’s investigation also raises questions on the conduct of the raids and former director of the agency’s Mumbai regional unit, Sameer Wankhede. Wankhede has been sent back to his parent cadre and has been questioned several times by both the SIT and the agency’s vigilance team to ascertain the truth in the case.
Investigation not yet completed –
However, the SIT’s investigation to ensure everything is not complete, and it may take a few months for the Director General of NCB, SN Pradhan, to submit his final report. An official said a legal opinion would be taken before the final decision. SIT chief and NCB DDG Sanjay Singh says that it is too early to say that there is no evidence against Aryan Khan. The investigation is still on, many statements have not been recorded till now.
Highly premature to say that there’s no evidence against Aryan Khan. Probe still in progress; recorded multiple statements. Have not reached any conclusion yet: SIT chief & NCB DDG (operation) Sanjay Singh on reports of no evidence against Aryan Khan in Cordelia cruise ship drug pic.twitter.com/oCiixvLu5c
— ANI (@ANI) March 2, 2022
This was the case-
Wankhede led a team of officers and some vehicles to raid the Cordelia, a cruise ship, at the International Cruise Terminal at Green Gate in Mumbai on the night of 2 October last year. The NCB had seized 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of mephedrone, 21 grams of marijuana, 22 pills of MDMA (Ecstasy) and ₹1.33 lakh in cash from the cruise ship. After which 14 people were arrested and later gradually the names of 17 people came out in this case.
The Bombay High Court had also said the same thing
Notably that the preliminary findings of the SIT investigation corroborate the observations of the Bombay High Court, which had granted bail to Khan on October 28 last year, stating that ‘In any conspiracy or drugs Not many evidences have been found to be recovered from Aryan Khan’.
WhatsApp chat was considered as the biggest evidence-
According to the SIT report, after the raid, the Wankhede team considered the WhatsApp chat as the biggest evidence and claimed that the accused were part of a bigger conspiracy. He had alleged that Aryan Khan was in touch with some foreign drug peddlers and the chat was produced in the court as evidence, which mentioned hard drugs and bulk quantity. However, dismissing the claims of the NCB, a single bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre of the Bombay High Court had observed that the NCB did not have sufficient evidence to prove any conspiracy. The judge remarked that Aryan Khan and his friend Arbaaz Merchant and model Munmun Dhamecha were on the ship just because they cannot be said to be part of a drugs racket.