Aryan Khan allowed 10-minute video call with family; gets a money order too

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Aryan Khan this week received a money order worth ₹ 4,500 – the most that can be sent to someone in jail – from his home, which he can use to order food and other items at Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail.

Aryan was also allowed a 10-minute supervised video call with his family; this was in line with a High Court order that says prisoners are allowed a video call with their families twice a week due to Covid.

Aryan, however, has only exercised this option once.

The money order was received Monday and the video call took place yesterday, news agency ANI said.

However, Nitin Waychal, the Superintendent of the jail, has made it clear Aryan is being given jail food; no home or outside food will be served to the star’s son until a court order is passed, he said.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan, 23, was sent back to jail yesterday evening after being denied bail for a fourth time in what is being called the Mumbai drugs-on-cruise case.

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A Mumbai Sessions Court, after hearing lengthy arguments from Aryan’s team of lawyers and the NCB, represented by Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, reserved its order till October 20.

This effectively means Aryan Khan, who has already spent 12 days in jail, has no legal options and must stay in jail for a further five days at least, since the court is now closed for the festive season.

Aryan Khan has now also been designated as ‘Undertrial Number N956‘ and shifted to the barracks. He was shifted to a common cell yesterday following a negative COVID-19 test result.

The court’s move came after the Narcotics Control Bureau alleged that Aryan Khan is a regular consumer of drugs. The court had resumed its hearing for a second day, late again because ASG Singh, arguing another case in the High Court, came in late.

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The NCB has alleged Aryan – Accused No. 1 – sourced drugs and was in touch with “some persons abroad who appear to be a part of an International Drug Network for illicit procurement of drugs”.

In response, senior advocate Amit Desai, arguing for Aryan Khan, said WhatsApp chats the agency is relying on heavily can often appear suspicious given the kind of language young people use today.

The defence’s case is that Aryan did not have drugs on him when he was arrested, that he did not have money to purchase drugs, and that he was also not caught consuming them.

“The allegation of illicit trafficking is inherently absurd. This boy who has nothing, he was not even on the vessel. It is an absurd and false allegation,” Mr Desai had said.