One day police remand three people in Mumbai drugs case and cruise rave party case


Mumbai Cruise Ship Drugs Party: Eight people were detained on Saturday after the NCB officials raided a cruise ship going from Mumbai to Goa.

Mumbai. A Metropolitan Magistrate's court on Sunday remanded three people arrested in connection with the seizure of banned narcotics from a cruise ship off Mumbai's offshore area to NCB custody till October 4. All three were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) after a long interrogation. A case has been registered against all of them under the NDPS Act.

Aryan Khan and Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant were produced for remand in the Special Holiday Court of Additional Metropolitan Magistrate RK Raje Bhosale after custodial interrogation, from where all three were remanded to one-day NCB custody. Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) counsel Advait Sethna requested two-day custody of the accused, citing the investigation being in the initial stage and the raids to nab the drug smugglers.

Aryan Khan's lawyer Satish Maneshinde argued that his client was invited by the organizer of the event on the cruise ship. He said, “No material indicating his involvement in the crime has been found from his client (Aryan). Neither did he keep or consume banned material." Maneshinde said that he will file a petition for Aryan Khan's bail on Monday. “However, the sections under which the case has been registered are all bailable. I am ready for one day NCB custody so that we can file bail application before the regular court."

A case has been registered against Aryan Khan under sections 27 (punishment for consuming any intoxicating substance), 8C (production, manufacture, possession, sale, or purchase of narcotic substance), and other sections of the NDPS Act.

NCB officials had on Saturday detained Aryan and seven others after raiding the cruise ship going from Mumbai to Goa. According to the NCB's arrest memo, 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of MD (Mephodrone), 21 grams of charas and ecstasy, and Rs 1.33 lakh have been seized after the raid. Acting on a tip-off, a team of NCB led by its regional director Sameer Wankhede raided the Goa-bound Cordelia cruise ship on Saturday evening and recovered narcotics from some passengers, the official said.

"During the operation, the suspects were searched and different drugs were recovered from them, which they had hidden in their clothes, underwear, and (the women) purses," he said. He said that earlier in the morning, the NCB interrogated the detained people at its office here. He had told that apart from Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha, and Arbaaz Merchant, the other detained people have been identified as Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhokar, and Gomit Chopra.

Meanwhile, the cruise company said in a statement on Sunday that it has nothing to do with the incident. Jurgen Belom, Chief Executive Officer and President, Waterways Leisure Tourism Pvt Ltd, said in a statement, “Cordelia Cruises has no direct or indirect association with this incident. Cordelia Cruises leased its ship to an event management company based in Delhi for a private event. It said that Cordelia is cooperating fully with cruise officials.