The NCB had earlier arrested eight people, including actor Shah Rukh Khan and producer Gauri Khan‘s son Aryan Khan, while raiding the rave party on the Cordelia Cruises’ Empress ship, which was inaugurated just two weeks ago. NCB arrested two more people, one person who was detained during a raid on the cruise ship and a drug peddler from the Jogeshwari area later. Both the arrested persons will be produced before the court on Tuesday, ANI reported.
On Monday, NCB also arrested Shreyas Nair, who allegedly has links with Aryan Khan, from Goregaon, ANI reported. So far, 11 people have been arrested in connection with the case.
While celebrities like Sussane Khan and politician Shashi Tharoor have termed Aryan Khan’s arrest and media attention that followed as a “witch-hunt”, NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede told the Times of India that the arrest was not targeted.
“We are not targeting anyone at all. We have nothing against him. We have arrested more than 300 people in the last 10 months. Out of those, at the most, there would be about 4 to 5 known people. How can you say that we are targeting anyone? Most of those arrested in the last one year are hard-core, drug-related criminals,” he said.
He also said that the media coverage escalates only when some known person is caught on the wrong side of the law.
Post the arrests, the cruise company said in a statement on Sunday that it had nothing to do with the incident.
In another interview with ETimes, Wankhede said that during arrests of some drug peddlers “links to the dark web and Bitcoin” were found and thus the case has become serious. This is also one of the reasons he stated the NCB asked for an extension of Khan’s judicial custody to do further investigation.
Khan is currently in custody till October 7.
Here’s the full timeline of what led to the arrest of Aryan Khan.