Freedom, Mahatma, ‘Gen Next English’ Figure in Aryan Khan Bail Feud


The NCB may write to the MEA and continue with the probe, but Aryan should be granted his liberty, said advocate Amit Desai. — PTI file photo

After the marathon arguments of over five hours, the Special NDPS Judge reserved his verdict in the bail pleas of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha to October 20.

MUMBAI — The heated arguments for and against Aryan Khan’s bail plea before the special NDPS court on Friday witnessed the prosecution and defence invoking Mahatma Gandhi and Queen’s English versus the gen-next lingo.

During the past couple of days, the Narcotics Control Bureau’s legal battery alleged Aryan Khan, the son of Shah Rukh Khan, was involved in “illicit drug trafficking” with international ramifications and painted the superstar-son as a “junkie” regularly hooked to drugs.

Aryan Khan was “not even on the cruise” raided by anti-drugs officers on October 2, so the allegation of drug trafficking against him is “absurd”, advocate Amit Desai, representing Aryan told to a Mumbai court during hearing the 23-year-old star son’s bail request in the drugs-on-cruise case earlier.

Amit Desai also said the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)’s raid started when he had not even checked into the cruise and that he had neither used drugs nor was anything found on him.

“The allegation of illicit trafficking is inherently absurd. This boy who has nothing, he was not even on the vessel. It is an absurd and false allegation,” he said, NDTV reports.

On the NCB claim that Aryan Khan had “admitted he was about to use charas that was found on Arbaaz Merchant”, his defence team said the admissions were forced.

“The court knows how people are forced to make these statements,” said Amit Desai, who once represented actor Salman Khan.

Amit Desai urged Special Judge V.V. Patil on Friday saying the accused are young and their plea for bail should be considered.

Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh strongly disagreed saying that the “future generation” and the country would be depending on them.

“This is not our freedom fighters in the land of Mahatma Gandhi envisioned… The NCB officers are working day and night to fight the drug menace. They also get beaten up when they are on duty,” he argued.

Besides, he said that international conventions mandate all countries to take drug trafficking seriously as it affects the society and the whole world.

Desai countered by reminding that the country fought for a Constitution and for the procedures established by law, so everything must happen as per this law.

“I don’t think there can be a debate that the entire world is fighting the drug menace. We got our freedom, and we must protect it and save the younger generation from it,” he said.

On the ASG and the NCB relying on certain WhatsApp chats of the accused (“Let’s have a blast”, etc), Desai said that the modern generation had a means of communication, which is English, but not the Queen’s English.

“It’s sometimes what the older generation will call a torture. The way they (Gen next) communicate is very different. There is always a possibility that casual conversations between friends on WhatsApp may appear suspicious,” he said.

Hence, he argued that by no stretch of imagination is the boy (Khan) in illicit international drug trafficking, and said the NCB may write to the MEA and continue with the probe, but he should be granted his liberty.

Desai admitted that Aryan Khan was abroad for a while and in other countries, lot of things are legitimate though he was not sure what type of chats were there, and it was the context of the chat conversation which was important.

“Is this youthful banter, friendly gossip, joke…is someone trying to tell him I got this, I did this, were they trying to joke, laugh about it?” he asked.

After the marathon arguments of over five hours, the Special NDPS Judge reserved his verdict in the bail pleas of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha to October 20.

The trio is among the 8 nabbed originally after the NCB’s high-profile rave party raid on board a luxury ship, Cordelia Cruise on April 2. Later, another 12 persons were arrested. — IANS

(With media inputs)

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