Cruise drugs case: WhatsApp chats not proof enough to show accused supplied drugs to Aryan Khan, says court

The court in its detailed order noticed that aside from the WhatsApp chats with Aryan Khan, there isn’t a proof to show Aachit Kumar was indulging in such actions

A particular court in Mumbai whereas granting bail to Aachit Kumar final week within the drugs-on-cruise case stated merely on the premise of WhatsApp chats, it can’t be gathered that he had supplied drugs to co-accused Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood celebrity Shah Rukh Khan, and Arbaaz Merchant.

The court in its detailed order, a replica of which was made out there on October 31, additionally raised questions on the veracity of the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) panchnama data stated they had been fabricated and appeared suspicious.

Special Judge V.V. Patil, designated to hear circumstances associated to the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, granted bail to 22-year-old Kumar on Ocotober 30.

The court in its detailed order noticed that aside from the WhatsApp chats with Mr. Aryan Khan, there isn’t a proof to show Mr. Kumar was indulging in such actions.

“Merely on the basis of WhatsApp chats, it cannot be gathered that the applicant [Kumar] used to supply contraband to accused No 1 and 2 [Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant], especially when the accused No 1, with whom there are WhatsApp chats, has been granted bail by the High Court,” the order stated.

Aryan Khan and Merchant, who had been arrested within the cruise drugs case on October 3, had been granted bail by the Bombay High Court final Thursday.

The particular court additionally famous that there was no proof in opposition to Kumar to join him with any of the opposite accused within the case.

“The panchnama is fabricated and was not prepared on the spot and therefore, the recovery shown under the panchnama is suspicious and cannot be relied upon,” the court stated.

“There is no evidence on record showing that the applicant [Kumar] supplied drugs to accused No 1 [Aryan Khan] or to anybody and therefore, the applicant is entitled to be released on bail,” the order stated.

Mr. Kumar, the accused no. 17 within the case, was arrested on October 6 by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) primarily based on the assertion given by co-accused- Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant.

The NCB had claimed to have recovered 2.6 grams of ganja from Mr. Kumar’s residence. According to the anti-drugs company, Mr. Kumar used to provide ganja and Charas to Mr. Aryan Khan and Mr. Merchant.

The NCB argued that it had proof within the type of WhatsApp chats between Mr. Kumar and Mr. Aryan Khan which show they had been dealing in drugs.

Mr. Kumar’s advocate Ashwin Thool had argued that the 22-year-old was harmless and all allegations in opposition to him had been false and baseless.

The court in its order famous that although the NCB has claimed Mr. Kumar was a peddler, it has not said a single event the place Mr. Kumar acted as a peddler.

It additionally held that Mr. Kumar was put in unlawful detention for a day as he was detained from his home on October 5, however was proven as arrested solely on October 6.

The court additional stated there was nothing on document to show that there was any conspiracy between Mr. Kumar and Mr. Aryan Khan, and when Aryan Khan has been granted bail, then on the bottom of parity, Mr. Kumar will also be launched.

The court, whereas granting bail to 4 others who had been linked to the occasion administration firm Caneplus Trading Pvt. Ltd. which had organised dwell reveals on the Cordelia cruise, famous that there was nothing positioned on document by the NCB to show they’d financed or harboured any offenders on the ship.

The 4 accused had been — Samir Sehgal, Gopalji Anand, Manav Singhal and Bhaskar Arora.

Of the entire 20 folks arrested within the case, 14 individuals have been up to now granted bail.

Mr. Aryan Khan, Mr. Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha had been granted bail final week by the Bombay High Court, whereas the remaining had been granted bail by the particular NDPS court.

PTI , 2021-11-01 12:35:46

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