The Bombay High Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on Aryan Khan’s bail plea till Thursday. Today was the second day of hearing on bail pleas filed by Aryan and two others in Bombay High Court.
The hearing, which began on Tuesday before the single-judge bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre, saw the lawyers of Aryan and co-accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha present their case.
Senior counsel Amit Desai, appearing for Arbaaz, stated that there was no grounds for conspiracy, as alleged by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). “If there are three unconnected persons coming for the same purpose, that is not conspiracy,” he told the single-judge Bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre.
He reiterated the arguments made in the case of Aryan, that the WhatsApp chats were unrelated to the Mumbai cruise. On Tuesday, he had argued that the WhatsApp chats between Aryan and a friend over online poker were being “misinterpreted” by the NCB as about drugs.
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi argued that if there is constitutional infirmity then it cannot be cured by remand. What is important is Article 22 of the Constitution. That article flows from Article 21 (Right to life).
“What Your Lordships have been made to look at are statements which are violative of Article 14 (Equality), 19 (Free speech) and 21 (Right to life).” he added.
After the hearing which went on for over two hours, Justice Sambre said he would hear Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, who is representing the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), tomorrow.
Aryan Khan, 23, was arrested on October 3 along with several others during a raid by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Cordelia Cruises’ Empress ship off the Mumbai coast. His bail application was earlier rejected by both the magistrate court and the special NDPS court.
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