Mumbai: The NCB has claimed before a court that the WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchantt and Munmun Dhamecha who were arrested in the Mumbai cruise drugs case showed international drug trafficking.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar extended the NCB custody of the three keeping in view the fact that the agency had recovered a moderate quantity of drugs from one of them, and Aryan Khan was with them. Nerlikar also said that the investigation is at a preliminary and critical stage.
The NCB arrested Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha on Sunday and produced them in a special holiday court later that day. That court sent him to NCB custody till Monday.
The NCB on Monday sought further custody of Aryan Khan, Merchant and Dhamecha till October 11, saying it has to unearth the nexus between drug consumers and suppliers and that all the arrested accused will have to face each and apprehend other suppliers of narcotics substances. However, the court extended their custody only till October 7.
The NCB claimed before the city court that “shocking and objectionable” material has been recovered in WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan, Merchant and Dhamecha, which showed international drug trafficking. The NCB also claimed that Aryan Khan discussed payment methods for the purchase of drugs and that several code names were used.
“Raids are going on now. Shocking and incriminating material recovered in WhatsApp chats of the accused shows international drug trafficking,” additional solicitor general Anil Singh, appearing for the NCB, argued. “All the accused persons have to be confronted with each other. The international transactions need to be investigated,” he adding that the NCB has arrested a supplier from Juhu and found a commercial quantity of drugs from him.
Singh said while the sections under which the accused have been booked are bailable, the court will have to consider the purpose of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), which the society seeks while hearing remand applications. or grant to terminate. Drug danger.
“One cannot say that just because he or she is found with a small quantity, they are entitled to bail. Consuming drugs has nowadays become very common with even college-going kids consuming them. The accused here are high profile persons who are considered as role models by regular persons,” the NCB counsel said.