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Drugs-On-Cruise Case Like Detective Novels, Anti-Drugs Agency Tells Court



The courtroom on Monday remanded Aryan Khan and 7 others to the NCB custody until Thursday.


The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), probing the seizure of banned medication from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast, on Tuesday instructed a courtroom in Mumbai that the matter has change into just like the novels of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes with “new twists and turns every moment”.

The NCB has up to now arrested 16 individuals, together with Bollywood famous person Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan (23), within the drug seizure case.

Earlier on Tuesday, extra chief metropolitan Justice of the Peace RM Nerlikar remanded Abdul Qadir Sheikh (30), Shreyas Nair (23), Manish Rajgariya (26) and Avin Sahu (30) to the NCB custody until October 11.

The courtroom on Monday remanded Aryan Khan and 7 others to the NCB custody until Thursday.

Before making his submissions for the remand of the 4 accused, particular public prosecutor (SPP) Advait Sethna on Tuesday instructed the courtroom that this case has change into “like Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes novels as there is a new twist and turn at every moment”.

Remanding the 4 within the NCB custody until October 11, extra chief metropolitan Justice of the Peace RM Nerlikar mentioned that contemplating the character of the offence, an in depth investigation was essential to go to the basis of the case.

Mr Sethna then moved an utility searching for to conduct the remand proceedings of Sheikh within the presence of restricted individuals.

To this, the decide mentioned, “It means you want in-camera proceedings”. The SPP’s response was affirmative.

The NCB mentioned, “it was forced to take this step (seeking proceedings in the presence of a limited number of people) as today’s remand is already in (media) coverage”. The anti-drugs company mentioned it needed to learn the way it (remand) was leaked.

It additional submitted {that a} request has been made to minimise the publicity of the accused.

However, the Justice of the Peace requested how Sheikh’s id could possibly be protected when his identify is already talked about within the remand utility.

On the NCB’s relating to the presence of media individuals, the courtroom mentioned it can not restrain media and rejected the applying.

Seeking custody, Sethna instructed the courtroom that Sheikh was arrested from suburban Jogeshwari in Mumbai round 6 PM on Monday and a industrial amount (of a drug) was seized from him.

The NCB mentioned it had seized 2.5 gm Ecstacy and 54.three gm Mephedrone from Sheikh.

He was arrested based mostly on the knowledge revealed in the course of the custodial interrogation of different arrested accused Mohak Jaswal, the NCB mentioned.

The company additional submitted that 2 gm Charas was recovered from Nair.

According to the NCB, each Sheikh and Nair are (drug) suppliers. The two different arrested accused (Rajgariya and Sahu) had been company on the cruise ship.

In view of the seizures, “a nexus, links, role and involvement of all these persons required further corroboration,” the NCB mentioned.

Sheikh, Nair, Rajgariya and Sahu had been booked beneath sections 8(c) (produce, manufacture, possess, promote or buy of medication) and 27 (punishment for consumption of any narcotics or medication) and 27 A ( punishment for financing illicit visitors and harbouring offenders) of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).

Advocate Apoorv Srivastava, showing for Sheikh, mentioned his consumer was made a “scapegoat to hide big faces”.

Mr Srivastava contended that Sheikh did not know Jaswal. The advocate mentioned he did not perceive why Jaswal took Sheikh’s identify.

He additional mentioned that Sheikh was arrested a day after the seizure of medication which implies it was a “premeditated case”.

The advocate, nevertheless, mentioned Sheikh could also be despatched to custody for investigation for a quick interval.

Advocates of different accused objected to the remand utility of the NCB, saying both a small variety of medication was seized from their shoppers or no seizure was made in any respect.

The anti-drugs company has up to now arrested 16 individuals, together with Aryan Khan, after raiding the Goa-bound ship on Saturday.

The courtroom on Monday had remanded Aryan Khan (23) and 7 different accused to the NCB custody until Thursday.

The NCB had instructed the courtroom that “shocking and incriminating” materials recovered in WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan and two others arrested in reference to the case confirmed worldwide drug trafficking.

The NCB had additionally claimed that within the WhatsApp chats, Aryan Khan is discussing modes of cost to be finished for procurement (of medication) and that a number of code names are getting used.

Aryan Khan’s lawyer had claimed medication weren’t recovered from the possession of his consumer.

The NCB on Sunday mentioned they’d seized 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of MD, 21 grams of charas and 22 capsules of Ecstasy and Rs 1.33 lakh.

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