After what feels like an eternity, Shah Rukh Khan’s fan breathed a sigh of relief after earning that his son, Aryan Khan, has finally been granted bail. After spending approximately three weeks in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail, the High Court accepted Khan’s plea and granted the bail. Others accused including Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were also granted bail along with Khan.
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Let’s take a detailed look at the timeline of the case below:
October 2 – October 7:
Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were detained by NCB after a raid at a Goa bound cruise. Khan and the others accused in the case were later arrested by the NCB officials. On October 4, the first hearing of the case took place where NCB asked for an extension of the star kid’s police custody till October 11. The court only granted custody of the accused till October 7. On October 7, NCB again sought custody of Khan till October 11, which was rejected by the court. Khan was sent to 14-day judicial custody instead. Shah Rukh Khan’s sone was then shifted to Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail on October 8.
October 8 – October 14
Khan moved the court for both interim and regular bail on October 8. The magistrate court rejected the bail application on the basis of it being ‘non-maintainable’ in the court. On October 11, a special NDPS court heard the bail plea after this. It directed the NCB to file its reply by October 13. On October 13, after hearing arguments from both sides, the court adjourned the hearing for the next day. On October 14, the special NDPS court judge held their order on Khan’s bail application. The next hearing was scheduled for October 20.
October 20 – October 28
On October 20, the special NDPS court rejected Khan’s bail application. The next day (October 21), his lawyer, Satish Maneshinde and his team approached the Bombay High Court. Khan’s appeal was to be heard on October 26 by the High Court. While everyone waited for October 26 to arrive, the case took a new shocking turn. An independent witness, Prabhakar Sail, declared in a notarized affidavit that Rs 25 crore had been demanded by NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede for Khan’s release. Prabhakar Sail, the bodyguard to another witness KP Gosavi, also revealed that he was made to sign a blank panchnama. He alleged that Gosavi was the one who had made the Rs 25 crore demand on Wankhede’s behalf.
On October 25, NCB deputy director-general Gyaneshwar Singh stated that an inquiry had been initiated to probe the allegations levelled against Wankhede. On October 26, the Bombay High Court began hearing the bail plea. The Bombay High Court on Thursday (October 28) granted bail to Aryan Khan and co-accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. The accused will be released from jail today.
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