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‘Aryan Khan framed in drugs case’: Witness records statement with Mumbai Police

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: Aryan Khan – the son of Bollywood’s biggest super star, Shah Rukh Khan, was granted bail a few days ago in the cruise drugs bust case after spending 22 days in prison. His arrest by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) created a lot of buzz, where many called out the move as no drug was found on the star-kid during the raid.

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Raising suspicion on this whole drug bust drama, a witness has now claimed that the NCB cruise drugs bust was “pre planned” and that Aryan Khan was “framed”.

As per a report in a leading newspaper, a witness in the Mumbai cruise drugs case, Vijay Pagare, recorded his statement with the Mumbai Police’s special investigation team (SIT) on November 4, where he claimed that the raid on the cruise ship on October 2 was pre-planned and the 23-year-old star-kid was framed by certain individuals in order to make money.

“I had paid him in 2018 for some work. He did not do the work and was not paying my money back. So, I was following him wherever he went. I was with him in Ahmedabad, Surat and at Mumbai’s Lalit Hotel and Fortune Hotel,” he told the news paper.

“I have reasons to believe that the raid was preplanned and Aryan Khan was framed in the drug case. The entire strategy was finalised on September 27, while the cruise ship was raided on October 2,” Vijay Pagare told the portal. He stated that the newly formed SIT in the case recorded his statement on November 3 and 4. “My statement was read out to me, and I signed it,” added Pagare.

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The witness further revealed that he had been staying with a person named Sunil Patil -who reportedly passed on the cruise information to the NCB – for the last few months in order to recover the money that was owed to him and had, thus, witnessed the alleged extortion and framing of Aryan Khan as it unraveled. Sunil Patil’s name cropped up to the case on Saturday when Maharashtra BJP leader Mohit Kamboj claimed he is the ‘mastermind’ in the case and is closely associated with leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party.

In his statement to the Mumbai Police SIT constituted on October 27 to probe the extortion allegations against NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede, witness Vijay Pagare narrated the following course of events.

Vijay Pagare said that Sunil Patil was staying at Fortune Hotel in Navi Mumbai on September 27. According to him, a room was booked at the same hotel in witness KP Gosavi’s name as well.

For the unversed, Aryan Khan was arrested by NCB along with seven others on charges of consumption, sale, and purchase of illegal drugs in an alleged rave party at a luxury cruise liner on October 02.

He was later shifted to the Arthur Road prison in central Mumbai after his initial custodial remand with the NCB got over and a magistrate sent them in judicial custody but denied them bail. Later, he was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on October 28 after spending 25 days in jail.­

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