On October 3, 2021, Khan was taken into custody by the NCB after drugs were seized on board a cruise ship. His bail was rejected multiple times based on the agency’s claim that he had played a role in the illicit procurement and consumption of drugs. The NCB had also alleged that Khan was part of a larger conspiracy and had contacts with an international drug network.
The 23-year-old was eventually granted bail by the Bombay High Court on October 28 and he walked out of Arthur Road jail on October 30 after spending 26 days in custody. Following this, in December, Khan’s bail conditions were relaxed and the Bombay High Court had ruled that he need not appear before the NCB every Friday.
As per a statement released to the media on Friday, the NCB has now cleared Khan of the charges.
“SIT carried out its investigation in an objective manner. The touchstone of the principle of proof beyond reasonable doubt has been applied. Based on the investigation carried out by SIT, a complaint (charge sheet) has been filed against 14 persons under various sections of NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act. Complaint against rest six persons is not being filed due to lack of sufficient evidence,” said the statement.
“All the accused persons were found in possession of narcotics except Aryan (Khan) and Mohak (Jaiswal),” the statement further said.
Along with Khan, his friend Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were also taken into custody in October after the agency allegedly seized 13 gm of cocaine, 21 gm of charas or hashish, 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy), 5 gm mephedrone, and cash worth Rs 1.33 lakh.
Meanwhile, Khan recently started work on a web series that he is writing and directing for his father Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment banner. An official announcement on the project is yet to be made. According to reports, he was working on potential ideas for a web series and a feature film for Red Chillies, with Bilal Siddiqi as his co-writer on both projects.