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Filmmaker Imtiaz Khatri’s home, office raided in-link with Drugs on Cruise case

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: Film Producer Imtiaz Khatri’s home and office premises in Mumbai’s Bandra were raided by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with the drugs on-cruise case, in which Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan, is one of the accused.

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Mr Khatri’s name pop up during the questioning of Achit Kumar, who was arrested earlier this week from suburban Powai after a small quantity of “hydroponic weed alias multi-strain cannabis” was seized from his possession.

As many as 18 arrests have been made in the cruise ship raid case so far. Total 17 have been produced before the court and 18th person is yet to be produced before the Mumbai court. Three persons have been booked under Section 8C, 20B, 27 (Punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance) and 35 (Presumption of culpable mental state) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act).

Achit Kumar, who is the 17th person arrested by the NCB, was on Friday remanded to NCB custody till October 9. His arrest was made after his name was disclosed by Aryan Khan and Arbaz Seth Merchant.

An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on a cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2 night.

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On October 3, at least eight persons including Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Vikrant Chhoker, Ismeet Singh, Nupur Sarika, Gomit Chopra and Mohak Jaswal were produced before Mumbai’s Esplanade Court earlier which remanded them to NCB custody till October 7.

Satish Maneshinde, the lawyer arguing in defence of Aryan Khan said in the court, “Accused number 1, Aryan Khan was invited for the cruise party. However, he did not have a boarding pass. He didn’t have any seat or cabin there. Secondly, according to the seizure, nothing has been found in his possession. He is arrested only based on chats.”

NCB has also arrested Abdul Qadir Sheikh, Shreyas Nair, Manish Darya, Avin Sahu among others.

During the raid on the cruise, the anti-drug probing agency allegedly recovered 13 grams of cocaine, 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA, 5 grams of MD and ₹ 1.33 lakh in cash.

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