14 bail conditions for Aryan Khan set by HC

NEW DELHI: The Bombay HC on Friday released the bail order of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, his friend Arbaaz Merchant and model Munmun Dhamecha in a case filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) following its raid on a cruise liner on October 2.

All three had been granted bail on Thursday.

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The bail conditions include that all three shall attend the NCB Mumbai office on each Friday between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to mark their presence and cannot tamper with the probe or make any statements including on social media about the case and have to deposit their passports.

All of them have spent 26 days in custody, 22 of which have been in jail.

The court in its order laid down these conditions, for violation of which the NCB could apply for cancellation of bail:

Here are the fourteen bail conditions:

  • Bail bond of Rs. 1 lakh with one or more sureties will have to be furnished.
  • They cannot indulge in any activity similar to the activities on the basis of which the said CR stands registered against them for offences under the NDPS Act.
  • Will not try to establish communication with co-accused or any other person involved directly or indirectly in similar activities or make any call to any person indulging in similar activities as alleged against them.
  • Will not undertake any action which is prejudicial to the proceedings before the special court (established under the NDPS Act)
  • Cannot make any attempt to influence witnesses nor tamper with the evidence.
  • Will have to surrender passport before the special court.
  • Cannot give any statement to media on court proceedings.
  • Cannot leave the country without prior permission from the Special Judge for NDPS at Greater Mumbai.
  • If they have to go out of Greater Mumbai, they will have to inform the investigating officer; and will have to submit their itinerary.
  • Will have to appear before the NCB Mumbai office every Friday between 11am to 2pm.
  • Will have to attend all the dates in the court.
  • Will have to join the investigation as and when called upon to do so before the authorities of NCB.
  • Once the trial begins, they cannot try to delay the trial.
  • If the three of them violate any of these terms, NCB shall be entitled to straightaway apply to the special judge/court for cancellation of their bail.

During the hearing of bail application on Thursday, ASG Anil Singh who appeared for the NCB opposed the pleas saying “Aryan Khan is a regular consumer of drugs. There is evidence to prove that he has been providing drugs.”

The NCB stressed again that Khan and Merchant were together and Khan was in “conscious possession” and he was connected with peddlers and the entire case is one, which cannot be dissected and it is of commercial quantity.

Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Aryan Khan opposed NCB’s “commercial quantity” charge and argues the quantities of drugs seized from the other two accused were of minuscule quantities. He also said no case was made out for a “larger conspiracy” from the WhatsApp chats that NCB presented.

The court granted bail to all three on Thursday afternoon after hearing all sides.

By William Regal

Used to think I was a tad indecisive, but now I’m not quite sure.

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