Drugs case: Mumbai court allows Aryan Khan’s plea seeking return of passport

A Mumbai court has allowed Aryan Khan’s plea seeking the return of his passport after NCB stated that it had no objection to the plea.

Aryan Khan was given a clean chit in drugs case on May 28. (Photo: PTI)

Aryan Khan was given a clean chit in drugs case on May 28. (Photo: PTI)

A special court in Mumbai on Wednesday allowed the plea of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who has got a clean chit from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drugs case, seeking the return of his passport.

Aryan Khan had submitted his passport before the court as part of his bail conditions. He was arrested in October last year in a drugs case.

However, in its chargesheet filed in May, the probe agency did not name him as an accused. The NCB let off Aryan Khan and five others due to “lack of sufficient evidence”.

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Earlier in the day, NCB stated that it has no objection to the cancellation of the bail bond and return of the passport but raised an issue about “discharge” written in the order.

Special Public Prosecutor Advait Sethna appearing for NCB argued, “Whatever we had to say we have said in the reply in the most fair and transparent way. But in their own application there is no prayer for discharge and this is not even a discharge application.”

The special court judge, VV Patil, then allowed Aryan’s plea to take his passport back.

On June 30, Aryan Khan had moved an application before the special court hearing cases related to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act through his lawyers Amit Desai and Rahul Agarwal of Desai Desai Carrimjee and Mulla, a law firm, seeking the return of his passport, citing the charge sheet that did not name him.

Aryan Khan and 19 others were arrested by the NCB after a drug racket was busted by the central agency on a cruise in October 2021. However, after much outcry, the investigating agency set up an SIT which ultimately filed a chargesheet in the case. The SIT did not file a chargesheet against Aryan Khan and a few others who were not found in possession of the drugs.

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