Mumbai: Actor Juhi Chawla appeared as surety for Aryan Khan on Friday before a special court that had heard his bail plea and rejected it last week. The actor entered the witness box and Aryan’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde informed the court that she has known Aryan since birth as she has professional ties with his father and is standing as surety for him. He produced the actor’s Aadhaar card and passport as identification documents. The court verified the documents.
Chawla then completed formalities in the court’s department by signing the bail surety documents with the court’s registrar. The bail bond is for ₹1 lakh. It means she would be legally responsible if at all Aryan Khan failed to pay the money.
Judge V V Patil, presiding over the special court hearing cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act signed the surety bond, said Manehsinde.
Chawla later told mediapersons, “There is a sense of relief in the (Shah Rukh Khan’s) family. We are all happy it is over.” "The main thing is - ab bas bachcha ghar aajayega (Aryan will return home)," the veteran actor told reporters afterwards.
After signing the documents, Juhi obliged court staff with selfies. She was one of Shah Rukh Khan's earliest co-stars and the pair starred in many blockbusters. The two later became co-owners of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders.
After completion of the formalities, the legal team proceeded to Arthur Road Jail to submit the documents to the jail authorities for Aryan’s release.