Updated on: Saturday, October 30, 2021, 07:48 PM IST

FPJ Legal: Drugs-on-cruise case accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmum Dhamecha will not be released from jail today

Arbaaz Merchant and Munmum Dhamecha will not be released from jail today | FPJ file photo

Arbaaz Merchant and Munmum Dhamecha will not be released from jail today | FPJ file photo


Aryan Khan's co-accused in the drugs-on-cruise case, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmum Dhamecha, who were granted bail by Bombay HC will not be released from jail today, Munmum's lawyer Kashif Khan Deshmukh said.

The necessary documentation for the release is in process, news agency ANI reported.

Earlier, a special court granted bail to alleged drug peddler Aachit Kumar and eight others who were arrested by the NCB following a raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast and seizure of drugs.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan who was among those arrested obtained bail from the Bombay High Court two days ago and was released from jail earlier in the day.

Of 20 persons arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau after the raid on October 2, as many as 14 have got bail so far.

On Saturday, V V Patil, special judge for cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act cases, granted bail to nine accused. The detailed order was not available yet.

The NCB had claimed that it had arrested Aachit Kumar based on statements of Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant. Kumar used to supply drugs to Aryan, it had alleged.

The other accused who got bail during the day were Nupur Satija, Gomit Chopra, Gopalji Anand, Samir Sehgal, Manav Singhal, Bhaskar Arora, Shreyas Nair and Ishmeet Singh.

They shall attend the NCB office here on every Monday between 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm till the filing of charge-sheet, the court said.

The accused must not tamper with evidence or influence witnesses, and should cooperate for early conclusion of the trial, it said. They shall not commit similar offence while on bail, the court warned.

Following requests by their lawyers, the court said the accused can be released on cash bail of Rs 50,000 each.

Earlier, the special court had allowed bail pleas of Manish Rajgaria and Avin Sahu in the same case.

It had, however, refused bail to Aryan Khan, Arbaz Merchant and Mummum Dhamecha before that. The trio had to move the Bombay High Court to get relief.

(With PTI inputs)


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Published on: Saturday, October 30, 2021, 07:39 PM IST