“He was on the cruise ship where the agency raided"
Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, is being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
Aryan was detained by the agency on October 3, 2021, after a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast was raided.
A party was being held on the cruise and drugs were being used.
NCB officials said that they received a tip-off and boarded the cruise ship posing as passengers.
An official also said that there were hundreds of passengers on the Goa-bound ship.
The entire operation was said to have continued past midnight.
The eldest son of Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan is being questioned by the NCB at its Ballard Estate office in south Mumbai.
Sameer Wankhede, NCB zonal director, said:
“He was on the cruise ship where the agency raided in the night and busted a rave party.”
Alongside Aryan, the NCB has arrested eight people and detained several others for questioning in connection with the party held on the cruise ship.
The NCB found several drugs including cocaine, MDMA and Mephedrone from those who have been detained after the raid.
The CEO of Cordelia Cruises, in which the party was being held, has denied any connection to the NCB drug bust case.
An official from the company said:
“By means of this statement, I wish to express that Cordelia Cruises is in no way, directly or indirectly, connected to this incident.
“Cordelia Cruises had charted its ship for a private event to a Delhi based event management company.
“Cordelia Cruises is extremely mindful of providing wholesome entertainment to families who choose to travel with us.
“This incident is contrarian and far from the culture that Cordelia Cruises represents.”
A Delhi-based event company is believed to have organised the parties on passenger cruises on October 2, 3 and 4.
Two women, who are residents of Delhi, were also brought to the NCB office in Mumbai for questioning in connection with the raid on October 3, 2021.
However, the NCB could not interrogate the women at night and brought them to the agency’s Mumbai office in the morning.
An NCB official has said that their involvement in the party is still not clear.
Crew members, several event organisers and some foreign nationals have also been detained.
The cruise ship was scheduled to go to Goa on October 2, 2021, and return to Mumbai by October 4, 2021.
It was reported that if the NCB finds out that Aryan was involved, he faces being charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of 1985.