A Mumbai magistrate on Sunday ordered three people, including Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, to be taken into custody by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) until October 4.
Anti-drug officials had arrested the three earlier on Sunday for suspected possession of prohibited drugs and drug addiction.
The agency raided a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai on Saturday evening and dismantled a party where drugs were being consumed. “Khan and others were on the cruise ship where the agency hosted a rave party,” NCB area manager Sameer Wankhede said.
Aryan, the eldest son of Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, was arrested Sunday afternoon for suspected possession and use of illegal drugs. The bureau registered a case under Section 8C, 20B, 27 read with 35 of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985, after officers seized 13 grams of cocaine, 21 grams of charas (hasish ), 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy), 5 g of mephedrone and monetary value ??1.33 lakh at the international cruise terminal, Green Gate Mumbai.
The two other people arrested are Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant.
While Arbaaz is a resident of Bandra and a friend of Aryan, Munmun Dhamecha is a fashion designer from Madhya Pradesh.
The three arrested were taken for a medical examination at JJ Hospital in Mumbai at around 4 p.m. In addition to the anti-drug officers, they were accompanied by members of the Mumbai police. Khan was brought back to the NCB office at Ballard Estate in south Mumbai, where he was questioned.
NCB officials said they were briefed on the rave night and boarded the ship as passengers. There were hundreds of passengers on the ship bound for Goa, an official said, asking not to be named.
This is the first time NCB has raided a rave party on a cruise ship, people familiar with the matter said who declined to be named.
Two women who were on a cruise ship were brought to the NCB office on Sunday morning for questioning. Drug authorities are also investigating crew members, event organizers and some foreign nationals.
A Delhi-based events company is said to have hosted the parties on passenger cruise ships on October 2, 3 and 4. The cruise ship was scheduled to travel to Goa on Saturday evening and return to Mumbai on Monday.
The NCB also recorded the statement by Jurgen Bailom, the president and CEO of Cordelia Cruise in his office.
“The agency called us to understand the crew operating procedure and we are cooperating with the BCN. There were around 1,000 passengers when the ship departed the coast of Mumbai. Our ship was not selected, it has left for its destination and will return on Monday. We weren’t aware of the guests who were on the ship because the organizers are different, ”Bailom said.