Mumbai: Bombay HC’s order which granted bail to Aryan Khan in the drugs case has been released, and it states that there was “no evidence of conspiracy” between him and the other accused.
It said “nothing objectionable” was found in Aryan’s WhatsApp chats.
“There is hardly any positive evidence on record to convince this Court that all the accused persons with common intention agreed to commit an unlawful act,” the High Court said in its 14-page order while granting bail to three including Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha.
It further pointed out that “merely because Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were travelling on the same cruise cannot, by itself, be a foundation for the charge of conspiracy against them, the court said.
“Court has already observed that there is no material on record to infer that Applicants have hatched a conspiracy to commit the offence. That being so, at this stage, it is difficult to infer that Applicants are involved in an offence of commercial quantity. As such, parameters laid down under Section 37 of the NDPS Act will be of hardly any consequence while considering the prayer for grant of bail of the Applicants,” the Court said.
The three accused were granted bail by the High Court on October 28. The court also said that Khan was not in possession of drugs, while the other two had “small quantities” of drugs under the NDPS Act.
The court remarked, “Aryan is concerned, but for the irrelevant WhatsApp chat in his mobile.”
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2 night. Eight persons were detained for questioning by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with the drug seizure on the cruise ship.
All of the eight persons were later arrested on October 3 including, Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha.