The Bombay High Court on Saturday also issued a copy of the enhanced judgment after granting bail to Aryan Khan and two of his associates in the Cruise Dags case. The court observed that no evidence has been found against the accused to prove that they had conspired to commit any drug-related offence. On October 28, a single bench of Justices N W Sambre had granted bail to Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha.
The court also said that in the WhatsApp chats that have surfaced from Aryan’s phone, nothing objectionable has come to the fore so far to indicate that the trio has committed the crime along with the other accused. The order also said that the confession of Aryan Khan, recorded by the NCB under Section 67 of the NDPS Act, can be used only for the purpose of proceeding in the case and not to infer or prove that the accused had committed the crime. Has committed an offense under the NDPS Act.
Rejecting the contention that the NCB should consider the case of all the accused together, the court observed that there is hardly any evidence before us to show that the three accused were ready to commit an illegal act with common intention.
The court in its order also said that the three accused are already in jail for about 25 days. Meanwhile, the prosecution did not even conduct a medical examination to ascertain whether he had not consumed drugs. Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Saturday said the Bombay High Court’s detailed order on Aryan Khan’s bail plea corroborated his claim that the verdict of Khan and others in the narcotics case was bogus. Malik said Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) regional director Sameer Wankhede should be suspended following the court’s findings.