"There is a chance of tampering with evidence."
Aryan Khan has been denied bail following his appearance at Mumbai’s Esplanade Court.
He was remanded to 14 days of judicial custody in Arthur Road jail.
The court said that Aryan’s bail plea was “not maintainable”, agreeing with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) that since drugs were seized, a Sessions Court must hear the matter.
The court also denied bail to Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamechat, two other accused.
The NCB had told the court that releasing Aryan could negatively affect the case, alleging that he could tamper with evidence and influence witness.
The NCB also claimed that Aryan and the other suspects were “regular users of contraband”.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh said:
“They are influential persons. There is a chance of tampering with evidence.
“Had it been one person with small quantity, it would be different.
“We have a lot of material, protection like bail at this stage will hamper the investigation.”
However, Aryan’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde highlighted that the NCB had not found drugs in his client’s possession or in his bags.
He said: “No material has been found on me or in my bag, where is the material to prosecute?
“Since I am not found in possession of anything I cannot be trucked with them (other accused).
“I have been found with nothing. Not even one gram… one ounce… and so much capital is being made out of it.
“Nothing much has emerged in five days and that is because there is nothing.
“I am from a respectable family, not likely to abscond. Accused who they say (are) connected to me already in their custody.”
Mr Maneshinde went on to say that Aryan’s arrest was “based on what they found on his mobile”.
Mr Maneshinde also referred to his previous client Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested by the NCB on the basis of WhatsApp messages but was released on bail.
He added: “Unless you show material against me, you cannot hold me.”
Aryan Khan’s denial of bail has led to social media reaction. Netizens had mixed views on the matter.
Some people welcomed the fact that Aryan was denied bail.
One person said: “Whoever made wrong should be sent to jail. Hope it reforms him.”
Another wrote: “Sameer Wankhede Sir, just keep going.”
However, some people called the new development in the case “unfair”.
A user commented: “A young man is in jail on charges of consumption of drugs, while none were found in his possession.
“Another is roaming free even though he is charged for murder with enough evidence to prove so.”
A second netizen posted: “In our country, murderers and rapists roam freely, but this MEGASTAR’S son Aryan Khan is unfortunately in custody for no reason.”
Aryan Khan and seven others were arrested by the NCB following a raid on a cruise ship.
On the ship, officials allegedly seized cocaine, MDMA and Mephedrone.
After Aryan’s bail plea was denied, Mr Maneshinde plans to reapply for his client’s bail.