Aryan Khan Case: No evidence against alleged drug supplier, court granted bail

Hearing in a drug case involving the son of a Bollywood star, a special NDPS court has granted bail to a man who was accused of allegedly supplying drugs to Aryan and his son. In this case, the court has said that prima facie no such evidence has come to the fore that the alleged supplier had supplied drugs to both of them on the cruise. NDPS Court Judge VV Patil said, “The contention of the prosecution that the petitioner is one and supplied drugs to Arbaaz Merchant cannot be accepted.” The Narcotics Control Bureau (NAB) arrested 33-year-old Shivraj Harijan, a resident of Santa Cruz, Mumbai, on October 9 following an alleged statement by Arbaaz Merchant. It is also claimed that he had also recovered 62 grams of charas from Shivraj. The court also said that from the evidence presented, it does not appear that any conspiracy was hatched as alleged by the NCB. Shivraj’s lawyer Sandeep Sherkhane said that the Panchnama of NCB is false and misrepresentative which cannot be relied upon. Along with this, the drugs found from Shivraj are very less in quantity. The court said that apart from the statements of Aryan and Arbaaz given to the NCB, no such evidence has come to the fore to prove that Shivraj Harijan is a drug peddler. Also, the quantity of 62 grams of drugs is non-commercial on the basis of which stringent section 37 of NDPS Act cannot be applied to them. This section can be invoked only when drugs in large quantities are seized from a person. The court said that Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha have already been granted bail by the Bombay High Court, so Shivraj Harijan should also be released.

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