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Aryan Khan’s bail plea rejected again, lawyers to move high court

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Guwahati: The Mumbai special court has once again rejected Aryan Khan’s bail plea along with those of Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha.

Aryan Khan and 7 others were arrested from the Mumbai cruise drugs case on October 3. Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan has already spent 18 days in jail. He is currently lodged in the Arthur Road prison.

The special Mumbai court had reserved its order on Aryan Khan’s bail application during the last hearing and had reserved the order for today. Aryan Khan along with 7 others, including Arbaaz Merchant, were arrested by the NCB after a raid on the Cordelia cruise ship. His lawyers will approach the Bombay High Court for bail.

Aryan Khan, his friend Arbaaz Merchant and model Munmun Dhamecha, and five others were arrested after disguised officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided a rave party on a cruise ship off Mumbai on October 2.

Aryan Khan’s lawyers Satish Maneshinde and Amit Desai argued in court that no drugs were found on him. The anti-drugs agency, however, claimed strong evidence from the star son’s WhatsApp chats that he had links with an international cartel and had sourced drugs for years.

The saga of Aryan Khan’s arrest and repeated bail hearings – deferred once due to court holidays – is seen by many in a shell-shocked film industry as inexplicable and a sign of celebrities being targeted.

Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan, who spoke to their jailed son on video call last Friday, have not made any public statement till now.

The court’s decision to reject bail is likely to intensify the debate over Aryan Khan’s incarceration. Actors like Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan, and filmmakers including Farah Khan have come out in support of the Khans.

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