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  • The Narcotic Control Bureau SIT has submitted its chargesheet in the 2021 Cordelia Cruise Ship Drug Case and has given a clean chit to Aryan Khan, and 5 others.
  • In it’s press note, the NCB has said that based on the investigation carried out by the SIT, a complaint against 14 persons under the NDPS Act is being filed. Complaints against the rest of the 6 persons are not being filed due to lack of evidence. 
  • The press note also said that all the accused persons were found in possession of the narcotics except Aryan and Mohak. 
  • On 3rd October, 2021 the NCB had arrested Aryan Khan along with several others following an alleged drug bust where the Cordelia Cruise Ship was docked. Though nothing was found on Aryan Khan, his friend Arbaaz Merchant was allegedly found in possession of 6 grams of charas. 5 grams of hashish was also recovered from one Munmun Dhamecha. 
  • They were booked under sections 8, 20, 27, 28, 29 and 35 of the NDPS Act. 
  • While granting bail to Aryan Khan and the other two vide its order dated 28 October, 2021, the Bombay HC observed that there was no prima facie evidence on record to show that Aryan Khan and his friend Arbaaz Merchant conspired to commit offences under the NDPS Act. 
  • A panch witness in the case by the name of Prabhakar Sail had made startling allegations about extortions and payoffs involving KP Gosavi, the IO and the then NCB Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede and others, in a notarised affidavit. It was due to these allegations that the case was transferred to a SIT of the NCB in Delhi. 
     
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