"The investigation is underway. Let’s give that child a breather."
Suniel Shetty has come to the defence of Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan Khan after he was questioned by India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
Aryan was detained on Sunday, October 3, 2021, after a Cordelia Cruises ship was raided off the Mumbai coast in a midnight drug recovery operation.
It is believed that substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy were among those, which were recovered from a party taking place onboard.
Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan’s eldest son, who is 23-years-old, was quizzed about the incident at the NCB’s base in Mumbai.
Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty also reacted to the NCB questioning Aryan, while arriving at a product launch in Delhi. He said:
“These are mere speculations. I think no such reports have come from anywhere.
“Unfortunately, Bollywood’s name is always dragged into such things. I think we have seen many such instances and we have managed it well.
“So, we pray that everything is good and let’s not speculate.”
He also told ANI to not assume and give the lad some space:
“The fact is, whenever there’s a raid, many people are taken. We assume that this child has consumed something, or this child has done that.
“The investigation is underway. Let’s give that child a breather.”
The NCB said that they had received a tip-off that a party was being held and narcotics were being consumed so they boarded the ship, posing as passengers.
The cruise was on its way to Goa and eight people in total were detained in connection with the drug recovery, according to the agency’s zonal director, Sameer Wankhede. He revealed:
“Eight persons – Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker, Gomit Chopra are being questioned in connection with the raid at an alleged rave party at a cruise off Mumbai coast.”
Asked to clarify whether it was the correct Aryan Khan who was present, Wankhede confirmed, saying:
“He was on the cruise ship where the agency raided in the night and busted a rave party.”
NCB Chief S N Pradhan also confirmed that proceedings were already taking place. He mentioned:
“The proceedings were already taking place. We are constantly gathering intelligence. We took action once the inputs that we received were confirmed.
“Wherever information is received, action will be taken and it does not matter with whom there is a connection. Our aim is a drug-free India.”
While rumours of Aryan following in the footsteps of his father have been circulating for years, it is thought that he prefers being behind the camera and has aspirations of becoming a director.
He is currently studying filmmaking and writing at the University of Southern California whose famous alumni includes Star Wars director George Lucas.