- NCB team visited Shah Rukh Khan’s mansion “to complete paperwork”
- SRK met with Aryan Khan a day after he was denied bail
- Aryan Khan has been in jail since October 8 in the drugs-on-cruise case
But the anti-drugs bureau said it “wasn’t a raid” and was meant only for paperwork.
The team visited SRK’s Mannat for “certain material related to the investigation of the case” from Shah Rukh Khan after giving him notice, the NCB said.
“It wasn’t a raid as erroneously reported in certain sections of media,” NCB officer Sameer Wankhede said in a statement.
Speculation went wild as around the officials visited SRK’s home, another team of the anti-drugs agency raided the home of actor Ananya Panday.
This morning, Shah Rukh Khan had visited Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail to meet with his son Aryan for the first time since his arrest after a drugs raid on a rave party on a cruise ship on October 2.
Aryan Khan, 23, who has been in jail for 14 days, was denied bail by a special court in Mumbai yesterday. He has now approached the Bombay High Court, which will take up his request on Tuesday.
SRK spent around 20 minutes at the jail and left without saying anything to the media, just folding his hands before driving off.
SRK and Gauri Khan had spoken with their son on a video call last Friday.
A special court yesterday denied Aryan Khan bail saying his WhatsApp chats appeared to reveal his involvement in “illicit drug activities”.
“WhatsApp chats prima facie reveals accused Aryan Khan is dealing in illicit drug activities for narcotic substances on regular basis. Therefore, it cannot be said that Khan is not likely to commit similar offence while on bail,” said the order.
The court also said that the material placed on record points to a “nexus” between Aryan Khan and suppliers and peddlers.
The court said that though no drugs were found on Aryan Khan, he knew about six grams of charas hidden in his friend Arbaaz Merchant’s shoe and this amounted to “conscious possession”.
“Accused 1&2 are friends since long. They travelled together and they were apprehended together at the international cruise terminal. Further, in their voluntary statements, both of them disclosed that they were possessing the said substance for their consumption and for enjoyment. Thus, all these things go to show that Aryan Khan was having knowledge of contraband concealed by 2 in his shoes,” the court said.
While stars like Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan, and director Farah Khan have come out in support of SRK and his son, the film industry has been largely muted in its response to the case.
Over the past year, the NCB has arrested and questioned several celebrities on what it calls the “Bollywood-drugs” nexus that emerged as an offshoot of the investigations into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June last year.