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Aryan Khan, arrested in cruise drug case, returns home after 22 days in Mumbai prison


Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, was released from Arthur Road prison after spending 22 days in central Mumbai after his arrest in a drug raid on an offshore cruise ship from the city.

The 23-year-old, arrested on October 3 by the Narcotics Control Bureau (BNC), has been out of prison, his home ‘since October 8, at 11 a.m. and got into a waiting car, who reached his current home in Mannat suburb of Bandra shortly after 11:30 am.
Half an hour before Aryan was released, his father’s bodyguard got out of a white Range Rover car that was waiting outside the prison and stood near the door to the facility. He was seen talking to police stationed there. At around 11 a.m., the car slowly rolled past the prison gate and stopped to receive Aryan.

The Range Rover was part of the convoy that left Mannat shortly after 8 a.m. and reached a location near the prison around 9 a.m., where it stopped to avoid a traffic jam in the area, an official said. . A large crowd of Shah Rukh Khan fans had gathered outside the prison since early morning. A large media contingent was also present to cover Aryan’s release from prison.

Outside the prison, fans and spectators cheering on Shah Rukh Khan and Aryan and trying to catch a glimpse of the superstar were disappointed as they couldn’t see the actor’s face and had to assume he was in the vehicle . Outside of Mannat, fans of all ages, children, students and even an elderly couple, had turned up to celebrate Aryan’s return. The alley leading to the entrance to Mannat was crowded with people. Shah Rukh Khan’s police and private security had to clear the area so Aryan’s car could move smoothly.
Even after the convoy entered the bungalow, many fans waited in the hopes that Shah Rukh Khan would wave to enthusiastic bungalow supporters, as he does every year on his birthday. Among the fans in attendance was a self-proclaimed seer who sat outside Mannat’s gate in the morning to pray for the Aryans and “the youth of Maharashtra to fall into the trap of drug addiction.” Prior to Aryan’s release, Mumbai police had stepped up the police presence outside Arthur Road Prison as a precautionary measure to crowd control, a police official said.

Besides the local police, the SRPF team was also present and barricades were erected outside the prison, he said. Prison officials retrieved Aryan’s release order from the bail mailbox, which was opened at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Speaking outside the prison entrance, prison director Nitin Waychal said earlier that Aryan would be released between 10 a.m. and noon, as other prisoners would also be released along with the 23-year-old. The more release orders there are, the longer it takes to complete the formalities, he said.

Speaking to media outside the prison, Arbaz Merchant’s father, arrested along with Aryan and housed in the same prison, said his son would be released in the evening. Aryan was released from prison a day after a special court issued his release note.

He was released on bail by the Bombay High Court on Thursday. Shah Rukh Khan’s actor-friend Juhi Chawla has vouched for the 23-year-old before the special court appointed to hear cases related to the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS). On Friday afternoon, the HC released its operational order in which it imposed 14 bail conditions on Aryan Khan and his co-defendants in the case, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, who were also released on bail, stipulating their release on personal bond of Rs. 1 lakh each with one or two bonds of the same amount.

Relief for the trio came just a day before the HC took a two week break for Diwali. In the five-page order, signed by Judge NW Sambre, the High Court said the trio will have to surrender their passports to the NDPS tribunal and must not leave India without obtaining permission from the special tribunal.

In addition, they will have to report to the BCN office every Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to mark their presence, the HC said. The judge will issue a detailed bail order with reasons next week.

Aryan Khan, Merchant and Dhamecha were arrested by the BCN on October 3 and jailed under the relevant sections of the NDPS law for possession, consumption, sale / purchase of prohibited drugs and conspiracy and complicity. Their arrest came a day after BCN raided the cruise ship and claimed to have seized prohibited drugs. So far, 20 people have been arrested in the case and two of them were released on bail by the NDPS special court earlier this week.

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