In a huge anti-climax, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday dropped charges of drug possession against 6 prime accused – including Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood mega-star Shah Rukh Khan, an official said here.
The NC’s clean chit has gone to Aryan, Avin Sahu, Gopal Anand, Samir Sehgal, Bhaskar Arora and Manav Singhal, as per its charge sheet in the sensational case filed before a Special Court.
While Sahu was a guest on the ship Cordelia Cruise that was swooped on by a team led by the then NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, the others were the organisers of the alleged rave party on board.
The NCB has said in its charge sheet that narcotics were found on all — except Aryan Khan and Mohak Jaiswal – in the case that hogged international media attention for months.
In a terse statement, NCB Deputy Director-General Sanjay Kumar Singh said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) carried out its investigations in an ‘objective manner’, applying the touchstone of the ‘principle of proof beyond reasonable doubt’.
Accordingly, the NCB will pursue the case against 14 of the total 20 accused and has dropped the charges against the aforementioned 6 accused “due to lack of sufficient evidence”, said Singh, who took over the probe on November 6 last year.
Adv Taraq Sayed, lawyer for one of the prime accused, talking to IANS briefly, indicated that the six persons will be free now as there’s “no evidence to proceed against them, and the charges have been dropped” by the NCB.
The development comes as a major relief for Aryan Khan who was among those nabbed in a high-profile raid on the ship with 1,800 people on board by Wankhede on October 2 last year, and underwent nearly a month in police and judicial custody.
Based on intel, the NCB Mumbai had raided the Cordelia Cruise and detained, besides Aryan, Arbaaz Merchant, Nupur Sarika, Munmun Dhamecha, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaiswal, Gomit Chopra and Vikrant Chhokar.
Maharashtra: Police constable dies by suicide in Dhule; probe underway
A 57-year-old police constable allegedly hanged himself to death at his native village in Dhule district of north Maharashtra, an official said on Friday.
The incident took place on Thursday evening at Pohbara in Sakri taluka and the deceased constable was identified as Kaluram Chaitram Ahire, he said.
“Ahire was posted at the Mantralaya, the state secretariat, in Mumbai for security. He had been at his native place since the last few days,” he said.
He was found hanging in the cattle stable in the premises of his residence, the official said, adding that the exact reason behind the suicide is yet to be known.
Investigation into the case is being conducted by Pimpalner police.
In another case recently, a 24-year-old youth from Shivshakti Nagar in Turbhe allegedly died by suicide. The police said that the youth was going through financial issues which prompted him to take the grave step.
Identified as Kiran Ghadge, the deceased worked in private company’s housekeeping department.
Fake post on Shraddha Walkar-like case goes viral in Assam; police clarifies
With an aim to disturb communal harmony in Assam, a group of unidentified miscreants on Wednesday shared a post on Shraddha Walkar-like case on social media.
Taking swift action, the state police termed it “fake” news and said that it was taken from a Portuguese blog.
The miscreants claimed about a Shraddha-like incident in Assam and termed it ‘Love-Jihad’.
“A girl named Kajal who was in a live-in relationship was first raped by seven Muslim boys and then packed alive in a fridge where she died of hypothermia. Her live-in partner Ghaffar and his companions used to take the body out of the fridge and indulge in necrophilia daily.”
The cyber cell of Assam police quickly jumped into action and found the post to be fake.
In a Twitter post, Assam police wrote, “An image from a Portuguese blog of 2010 is being shared with a completely false context on Social Media. Appropriate action will be taken against those found sharing such messages.”
Meanwhile, a senior police officer urged the netizens for staying extra cautious while reacting to this kind of social media posts.
An investigation is underway.
Maharashtra: Man kills mother in Palghar; arrested
A man allegedly killed his 50-year-old mother after a dispute in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, police said on Wednesday.
The incident took place on Tuesday evening in Vikramgad area and the 30-year-old accused was arrested on Wednesday, they said.
The accused had a dispute with his father over the construction of their house under a government scheme.
On Tuesday, the accused beat up his father over the issue. When his mother intervened to save her husband, the accused allegedly attacked her with a roof tile and killed her, police spokesperson Sachin Navadkar said.
Their neighbours alerted local police who rushed to the spot and sent the body to a government hospital for post-mortem, he said.
Based on a complaint by the deceased woman’s husband, the police arrested the accused and registered a case against him under relevant provisions, the official said.
In another incident from the district, a mob brutally assaulted a man they suspected was a thief. A gruesome video of the same went viral on social media.
The police said that the mob had allgedly caught him when he broke into a gold jewellery shop and was stealing valuables. The locals beat him with rods, kicked him and punched him.
The police then booked a five persons for assault and the victim has been booked for theft.
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