Prabhakar Sail, an independent witness in the Mumbai cruise drug case of 2021, suffered a heart attack and died in his rented apartment in the Mahul area on Friday evening. In this case, Aryan Khan, the son of super star Shahrukh Khan, and others were also involved.
He was taken to the civic-run Rajawadi Hospital in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar, where he was declared dead.
Prabhakar Sail’s lawyer, Tushar Khandare, confirmed that Sail died after he suffered a heart attack and that his family members do not suspect any foul play.
In an affidavit, Prabhakar Sail, who claimed to be the bodyguard of NCB witness KP Gosavi, had alleged that he had heard Mr Gosavi’s discussion of a 25 crore pay-off deal after Aryan Khan was arrested during a raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on October 3 last year.
The Narcotics Control Bureau had told the court that Sail had turned hostile and his affidavit was still pending before the court.
The Narcotics Control Bureau named Aryan Khan as an accused in the case, along with 19 others.
Aryan Khan, 24, is the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
The accused persons were booked under relevant sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for alleged possession, consumption, sale, and purchase of banned drugs, conspiracy, and abetment, among others.
Of the 20 culprits in the case, only two are in judicial custody at the moment, while the others are out on bail.
What is a drug cruise case?
In October 2021, Aryan Khan was arrested in connection with a drug case on a Mumbai cruise. After a marathon court hearing and 26 long days in custody, the Bombay High Court granted bail to Aryan on October 28.
He finally walked out of jail on October 30, during the time of his father’s birthday.