On Saturday, Aryan Khan, the son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, was released from Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail. The news came two days after he was released on bond in the drugs-on-cruise charge. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested Khan, along with his companions Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, on October 3.
On October 3, the NCB detained these three, as well as 20 others (who were apprehended on various occasions). The operation came after the agency raided a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai.
The Bombay high court approved Aryan Khan’s release on Thursday after his previous bail pleas were denied by the sessions court and subsequently the special NDPS court.
Shah Rukh Khan enlisted the help of a slew of lawyers, including former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, to get his son out of jail. Aryan arrived at Mannat on Saturday morning, days before his father’s birthday, after a trauma of more than three weeks.
On October 2, the NCB raided the Cordelia cruise ship, which was sailing from Mumbai to Goa. After receiving a tip about a rave party, the agency raided the ship. Aryan, Arbaaz, and Munmun were among the eight people arrested.
The agency filed charges against all three and arrested them on October 3.
They were brought before a magistrate, who sentenced them to one day in NCB prison.
The National Crime Bureau (NCB) announced on October 4 that it had discovered evidence linking Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha to worldwide narcotics trafficking. It requested that the trio be remanded in detention until October 7, and the magistrate’s court granted it.
The NCB requested an extension of remand for all three people on October 7, but it was granted. Aryan and others were placed in judicial detention by the court. Munmun Dhamecha was condemned to Mumbai’s Byculla Ladies Jail, while Aryan and Arbaaz were transferred to Arthur Road jail.
Satish Maneshinde, Aryan’s lawyer, files a bail application on October 8. Their bail applications were denied by a Mumbai sessions court, which said they were maintained in that court. The lawyers for all three defendants then filed a motion with the special NDPS court.
The NDPS court has given NCB till October 13 to file its response.
The hearing was postponed until the next day, October 14.
On October 14, the court heard arguments from both sides, with Aryan’s and other accused’s lawyers requesting release once more, while the NCB objected to the petition. The verdict has been postponed until October 20.
Aryan Khan’s bail petition was denied by a special NDPS court on October 20. Their lawyers then took their case to the Bombay High Court.
Shah Rukh Khan paid a visit to Arthur Road Jail on October 21 to see Aryan.
On October 26, the Bombay High Court commenced hearings, which lasted three days.
Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were granted bail by the High Court on October 28.
Bail requirements and documentation were completed on October 29. Before the special court, Shah Rukh Khan’s actor pal Juhi Chawla appeared as surety for his 23-year-old son.
At 11:02 a.m. on October 30, Aryan Khan was released from prison. Outside the Arthur Road prison, Shah Rukh Khan’s team swiftly transported him into a waiting car. He travels to Mannat, where SRK’s fans greeted him with posters reading “remain strong.”