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Cruise Drug Case Is Like Sherlock Holmes Novels With New Twists Every Moment: NCB

Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), probing the seizure of banned drugs from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast, has told a court that the matter has become like the novels of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes with “new twists and turns every moment”.

NCB has so far arrested 16 people, including Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan (23), in the drug seizure case.

The court on Monday sent Aryan Khan and seven others to NCB custody till Thursday.

Ahead of his arguments for the remand of the four accused, Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Advaita Sethna told the court on Tuesday that the case “has become like the novels of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes as every moment has a new twist and turn.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar remanded Abdul Qadir Sheikh (30), Shreyas Nair (23), Manish Rajgaria (26) and Avin Sahu (30) to NCB custody till October 11.

Sending the four to the NCB’s custody till October 11, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar said that considering the nature of the crime, a detailed investigation is necessary to get to the root of the matter.

The NCB said it has seized 2.5 grams of ecstasy and 54.3 grams of mephedrone from Shaikh. The NCB said that another arrested accused, Mohk Jaswal, was arrested on the basis of information revealed during his custodial interrogation.

The agency further said that 2 grams of charas were recovered from Nair. According to NCB, both Shaikh and Nair are (drug) suppliers. Two other arrested accused (Rajgaria and Sahu) were guests on the cruise ship.

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

Shaikh, Nair, Rajgadiya and Sahu sections 8(c) (production, manufacture, possession, sale or purchase of narcotics) and 27 (punishment for use of any narcotic substance or drug) and 27A (for illegal trafficking) Punishment for financing). Giving shelter to criminals under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).

The anti-drug agency has so far arrested 16 people including Aryan Khan by raiding the Goa-bound ship on Saturday. The court on Monday sent Aryan Khan (23) and seven other accused to NCB custody till Thursday.

The NCB had also claimed that Aryan Khan is discussing payment methods for the purchase of (drugs) in a WhatsApp chat and that multiple code names are being used.

Aryan Khan’s lawyer had claimed drugs were not recovered from the possession of his client.

The NCB on Sunday said they had seized 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of MD, 21 grams of charas and 22 pills of Ecstasy and Rs 1.33 lakh.

(With Agency Inputs)

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