Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan has approached the Special NCB court seeking return of his passport nearly a month after the Special Investigation Team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) dropped charges against him in the cruise ship drug bust.
Significantly, the 24-year-old has also sought cancellation of his bail bond and a formal order, discharging him from the case.
Khan's plea has mainly been filed on the grounds that the charge sheet was not filed against him and five others. Special NDPS judge VV Patil on Thursday directed the NCB to file their reply to the plea and posted the matter for hearing on July 13.
The NCB SIT, in its charge sheet last month, gave a clean chit to Aryan Khan, Avin Sahu, Gopal Anand, Samir Sehgal, Bhaskar Arora and Manav Singhal.
Of the 20 accused, 14 continue to remain charged with offences under various sections of the NDPS Act, 1985. Their names are: Aryan's friend Arbaaz Merchant (26), one Munmun Dhamecha (28), guests Vikrant Chhokar (33), Mohak Jaiswal (28), Ishmeet Singh Chadha (33), Gomit Chopra (28), Nupur Satija (29), alleged supplier Abdul Kadar Shaikh (30), one Shreyas Nair (23), guest Manish Rajgariya (30), alleged consumer connected with Khan- Aachit Kumar (22), suppliers Chinedu Igwe (27), Shivraj Harijan (33) and Okoro Uzeoma (40).
On October 3, 2021, the NCB arrested Aryan Khan along with several others following an alleged drug bust where the Cordelia Cruise Ship was docked. While nothing was recovered from Khan, his friend Arbaaz Merchant was allegedly found in possession of 6 gms of charas. Another 5gms of hashish was reportedly retrieved from one Munmun Dhamecha.
They were booked under Sections 8(c), 20(b), 27, 28, 29 and 35 under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. He was granted bail by the end of the month.