The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which is probing the seizure of banned drugs from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast, told a Mumbai court on Tuesday that the case has become like the novels by Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, with “new twists and turns”. turning”. 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.
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.
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) Advait 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”. Is”. .
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar sent the four to the NCB’s custody till October 11, saying a detailed investigation was necessary to get to the root of the matter considering the nature of the crime.
Mr. Sethna then made an application seeking remand proceedings for Sheikh in the presence of a limited number of people.
To this the judge said, ‘It means you want in-camera proceedings. The reply of SPP was positive.
“It (seeking action in the presence of limited number of people) was forced to take this step as today’s remand is already under (media) coverage,” the NCB said. The anti-drug agency said it wants to find out how it (remand) leaked.
It further said that a request has been made to reduce the exposure of the accused.
However, the magistrate asked how the identity of Shaikh could be protected if the name of Shaikh was already mentioned in the remand application.
On the question of NCB regarding the presence of media persons, the court said that it cannot restrain the media and dismissed the application.
Seeking custody, Sethna told the court that Shaikh was arrested around 6 pm on Monday from suburban Jogeshwari in Mumbai and a commercial quantity (of a drug) was seized from him.
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 that came to light during his custodial interrogation.
The agency further said that 2 grams of charas was recovered from Nair.
According to NCB, both Shaikh and Nair are (drug) suppliers. Two other accused arrested (Rajgaria and Sahu) were guests on the cruise ship.
The NCB said that in the wake of the seizures, “a nexus, link, role and involvement of all these persons requires further confirmation.”
Sections 8(c) (production, manufacture, possession, sale or purchase of narcotics) and 27 (punishment for the use of any narcotic substance or drugs) and 27A (punishment for illegal trafficking) against Shaikh, Nair, Rajgadia and Sahu. Punishment for financing) was registered. harboring offenders under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).
Advocate Apoorva Srivastava, appearing for Shaikh, said his client was made a “scapegoat to hide the big faces”.
Mr. Srivastava argued that Sheikh did not know Jaswal. The lawyer said that he did not understand why Jaswal had named Sheikh.
He further said that Shaikh was arrested a day after the seizure of drugs, implying that it was a “pre-planned affair”.
The lawyer, however, said that Sheikh may be sent to custody for some time for investigation.
The advocates of the other accused objected to the remand application of the NCB, saying that either a small number of narcotics were seized from their clients or no seizure was made.
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 told the court that the “shocking and objectionable” material recovered in the WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan and two others arrested in connection with the case reflects international drug trafficking.
The NCB had also claimed that in a WhatsApp chat, Aryan Khan is discussing payment methods for (drugs) purchases and that multiple code names are being used.
Aryan Khan’s lawyer had claimed that drugs were not recovered from his client.
The NCB on Sunday said that they have seized 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of MD, 21 grams of charas and 22 pills of ecstasy and Rs 1.33 lakh.