Mumbai Drug Bust LIVE Updates: The arrest of Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drugs case has triggered a political war of words, with Congress and NCP alleging a political controversy behind the raid on the cruise ship as well as the 23-year-old’s arrest. Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questioned the lack of “alacrity” in arresting the son of Union minister Ajay Mishra who is accused of running over farmers in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri. “A few months back Mrs Riya Chakroborty was detained and languished in jail, now the turn is for Aryan Khan. The equality of justice for all is enshrined in the preamble of the Constitution of India. Severe punishment to teenage khan for a venial offence should not be awarded (sic),” said Chowdhury. Meanwhile, NCP leader Nawab Malik claimed that the NCB had initially detained 11 persons from a Goa-bound cruise ship off Mumbai coast last week, but let off three of them, including the brother-in-law of a BJP leader.
Reacting to the allegations, NCB Director, Mumbai Zone, Sameer Wankhede said the anti-drugs agency works professionally. “We do not see any political party and religion. We do our job professionally,” he added. Based on a tip-off, an NCB team raided the Goa-bound cruise ship last Saturday and claimed to have recovered banned drugs. A total of 18 persons have been arrested in the case, including Aryan Khan. A senior NCB official told media persons on Saturday that the two men, whom Malik had claimed as “outsiders” involved in the raid, were actually among the nine independent witnesses involved in the operation.
He said the duo was not known to the NCB before October 2, when the raid was conducted. NCB Deputy Director General Gyaneshwar Singh told reporters that such statements are based on conjecture and assumptions. “These assumptions are frivolous and malicious in view of documents and records of procedures duly followed by the NCB that can subject to legal verification. The NCB reiterates that its procedure has been and will continue to be professionally and legally transparent and unbiased as all the suspect/accused persons have been treated at par and in accordance with the law,” he said.