Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan and producer Gauri Khan, who was arrested in the cruise ship drugs case, walked out of Arthur Road jail on Saturday after spending 26 days in custody, Live Law reported.
Arthur Road jail saw huge crowds of reporters and the common public waiting to get a glimpse of Khan coming out of jail on Saturday.
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Khan’s bail bond surety was signed by actor Juhi Chawla, who is SRK’s business partner and friend, on Friday. However, the papers needed to reach the Arthur Road jail by 5.35 pm for him to get out on the same day. Due to a delay, Khan was released instead on Saturday morning.
Satish Maneshinde, Khan’s lawyer, had told the judge about Chawla, “She knows him since birth. His father and she are professionally associated.”
Chawla spoke to reporters outside the court after signing the surety. “There is a sense of relief in the family. We are all happy it is over,” she said.
23-year-old Khan was arrested on October 3 by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) during a cruise ship drug raid based on a tip-off. 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. Khan was taken into NCB custody, along with a few others, including his friend Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha.
Dhamecha is yet to be out of jail as she is facing problems arranging for a surety, Live Law reported. Her counsel had moved an urgent precipice before the High Court for her release on temporary cash bail as she is an MP resident. However, after it was rejected by the NCB, Justice NW Sambre asked the counsel to file the application and mention the matter before the vacation bench for reliefs. Alternately, her counsels are trying to get a surety and complete formalities.
Khan had moved the Bombay High Court after his bail plea was rejected by a Special NDPS court on October 20.
The High Court granted bail to Khan, Merchant, and Dhamecha on Thursday, and on Friday, it issued the bail conditions which stated that all three should execute a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with one or more sureties in the like amount.
All three accused will also have to surrender their passports immediately to the special court and not leave the country without prior permission of the court. Apart from this, the court further stated as part of the bail conditions:
- They shall not attempt to influence any witness in the case.
- Accused shall not make any statement in any form in the media.
- The accused shall attend the NCB Mumbai office each Friday between 11 am and 2 pm to mark their presence.
- They shall not indulge in any activities similar to the activities on the basis of which the crime stands registered by the NCB.
- Accused shall not try to establish communication with co-accused or any other person involved directly or indirectly in similar activities or make any call to any person indulging in similar activities as alleged against them.
Post Khan’s bail, several celebrities took to social media and hailed the court’s decision. From Malaika Arora Khan to Suhana Khan, many shared pictures of Aryan Khan and expressed their happiness at the decision.
Meanwhile, according to Live Law, the Special NDPS Court on Saturday granted bail to Aachit Kumar, a 22-year-old student accused of being Khan‘s drug supplier. Along with him, the court granted bail to the event organisers of the cruise party – Gopalji Anand, Samir Sehgal, Manav Singhal, and Bhaskar Arora.
Bail was also granted to Nupur Satija (allegedly detained possessing four ecstasy pills) and Gomit Chopra (allegedly found in possession of four ecstacy pills and 3 gm of cocaine) on Saturday.