Mumbai: In a major relief, Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, has been given clean chit in the Mumbai cruise ship drugs bust case.
A charge-sheet was filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau before a special NDPS court in Mumbai wherein the name of Aryan Khan along with five others were not mentioned.
A 6,000-page charge-sheet has been filed by the anti-drugs agency where it named 14 accused. However, the names of six, including Aryan and Mohak, have been removed due to lack of evidence. The charge-sheet said Aryan had not been found in possession of any drugs.
"Based on an input NCB Mumbai on 02.10.2021, intercepted Vikrant, Ishmeet, Arbaaz, Aryan and Gomit at International Port Terminal, MbPT and Nupur, Mohak and Munmun at the Cordelia Cruise. All the accused persons were found in possession of narcotics except Aryan and Mohak," said a press release by the agency.
"A complaint against 14 persons under various sections of the NDPS Act is being filed. Complaint against rest six persons is not being filed due to a lack of evidence," it added.
Currently, out of the 20 accused arrested in the case, 18, including Aryan are out on bail while two are still behind bars. In March this year, the NCB had denied reports that it will not charge Aryan in the case, as no evidence has been found against him.
The cordelia case along with five others was transferred to a SIT headed by Sanjay Singh after several allegations were made into the investigation conducted by former NCB Mumbai Zonal Unit director Sameer Wankhede.
Meanwhile, Wankhede had led a team of NCB officers and some witnesses on the night of October 2, last year, to raid cruise ship Cordelia at International Cruise Terminal at Green Gate in Mumbai.
The NCB had seized 13 gm of cocaine, five gm of mephedrone, 21 gm of marijuana, 22 pills of MDMA (Ecstasy) and Rs 1.33 lakh in cash from the cruise vessel.