Was the Aryan Khan episode a plot to distract from the gigantic drug seizure in Adani’s Mundra port?


Much to the chagrin of the Hindutva Brigade, famous movie star Juhi Chawla stepped forward today and signed the Rs 1 lakh bond for the release of Aryan Khan, son of famous movie star Shahrukh Khan to which the Bombay High Court granted on Thursday. But Aryan may have to spend another day in Arthur Road Prison, as prison officials have maintained that even after the bail some formalities could not be completed before the 5.30pm deadline in prison and by therefore, they wouldn’t let Aryan out, at least today. .

One wonders, however, how Juhi, Shahrukh’s old friend and fellow actor in several blockbusters, will be trolled by the bhakt army and what these elements will see in Juhi’s gesture.

Ironically, Mumbai zone manager of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Sameer Wankhede, who arrested Aryan Khan along with his close friend Arbaaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhameecha (Bombay High Court granted bail to all three) on October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti), resulting in a big media blitz, is now running from pillar to self. He filed a petition with the Bombay High Court fearing that he would be arrested for corruption and confusion with criminal elements like KP Gosavi.

Gosavi’s companion in this drama is a Manish Bhanushali from Ahmedabad whom PCN Minister Nawab Malik called BJP leader from Gujarat and admitted to being “just a BJP worker”. Gosavi has since been arrested in Pune for cheating while Bhanushali has been summoned to Mumbai to appear before an NCB commission of inquiry verifying the plethora of allegations against Sameer Wankhede.

We remember that Aryan was about to board a cruise ship en route to Goa with his friend Arbaaz when a team from the NCB, accompanied by Gosavi and Bhanushali, descended on the spot and dragged Aryan, Arbaaz, Munmun and five others, burying them. first at the BCN office, then by officially stopping them.

Even as the TV channels went crazy showing how Shahrukh’s son was being whisked away by the NCB team, allegedly on his way to a boat cruise rave party fueled by narcotics and mind-altering substances, the minister of the Maharashtra government NCP, Nawab Malik, has since claimed that the whole exercise was “bogus and falsified.”

He also exposed the true identity of Gosavi and Bhanushali, after which Gosavi made an act of disappearance for several days.

But all this would have been for naught without the notorious statement of Gosavi’s bodyguard, Prabhakar Sail, the number one witness in the NCB case against Aryan Khan. His statement alleged an extortion racket by BJP vigilantes in collusion with some senior NCB officials.

Strangely enough, although Bhanishali vehemently refuse on camera that the whole episode was an attempt to distract attention from the seizure by the Directorate of Fiscal Intelligence (DRI) of nearly 3,000 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 21,000 crore – passed like powder of talc stone smuggled from Afghanistan via the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran – stored in Adani ports and SEZs (APSEZ) in Mundra in Gujarat, such a possibility cannot be ruled out.

Initially, there was a slight cry against the Adani group over the discovery of this mind-altering substance in two huge containers found in the warehouse at Mundra port. But the Adani group immediately denied any connection, saying they do not check the contents of containers that land at their ports.

The company said it was only the port operator and did not have the authority to verify shipments arriving at the port. “We thank and congratulate the DRI and Customs teams for seizing the illegal drugs and apprehending the accused. The law empowers relevant Indian government authorities such as Customs and DRI to open, examine and seize illegal goods. No port operator across the country can examine a container. Their role is limited to managing the port, ”the Adani group said in a statement on September 16.

“We sincerely hope that this statement will put an end to the motivated, malicious and false propaganda carried out on social media against the Adani group. APSEZ is a port operator providing services to shipping companies. We have no police authority over containers. or the millions of tonnes of goods passing through Mundra terminals or one of our ports, ”he added.

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) provides otherwise. Article 8 © of chapter III of the law of 1985 stipulates that: “No one shall produce, manufacture, possess, sell, buy, transport, deposit, use, consume, import interstate, interstate export, import into India or tranship or export from India any narcotic “drug or psychotropic substance, except for medical or scientific purposes”, with the express permission of the government in a such Case.

In the explanatory commentary, the Law states that: “There is no need for a physical connection between the goods and the accused person. A man can be miles and miles from the goods and yet, if proof is available that he had an interest in or was concerned with the illegal importation of goods, he would be guilty of the offense. “

Under this law, it was incumbent on the investigative agency to question the Adanis as a matter of priority. But the case was almost immediately transferred to this government’s “caged parrot” – the National Investigations Agency (NIA) – whose record in many cases is not without blemish. He toured the country, from Andhra Pradesh to Delhi via J&K, but would not dare to ask a single question of Gautam Adani who is responsible before the law, leaving the establishment of any culpability to the courts.

Article 25 of the NDPS Act thus prescribes the penalty for the offense: used for the commission by any other person of an offense punishable under any of the provisions of this Act, is liable to the penalty prescribed for this offense.

Section 24 of the Act prescribes the penalty: “Anyone who engages in or controls any trade in which a narcotic or psychotropic substance is obtained outside India and supplied to any person outside India without l ‘prior authorization from the central government or otherwise than in accordance with the conditions (if any) of such authorization granted under Article 12, shall be liable to rigorous imprisonment for a period not less than ten years but which may extend to twenty years and will also be liable to a fine which will not be less than one lakh rupee but may extend to two lakh rupees: provided that the court can, for reasons which will be recorded in the judgment, impose a fine greater than two lakh rupees. “

There are 33 countries in the world, including Iran and China, that prescribe the death penalty for drug crimes, of which China is the strictest. India too, after a 2017 amendment, i.e. under the Narendra Modi regime, prescribes a maximum death penalty, but only for repeat offenders involved in drug trafficking and drug-related commercial activities. drug.

A priori, Adanis may not yet fall into the category of repeat offenders, but all of this can only be established through a thorough investigation, which may never be held given the weight of Adanis.

Compare that with the Aryan Khan case. So-called “whistleblower” from Bhopal Neeraj Yadav calls another “whistleblower” KP Gosavi, a “private detective” with a criminal record, in Mumbai, informing him of a “rave party” imminent. Gosavi immediately goes to Ahmedabad and takes BJP member Manish Bhanushali with him.

With NCB officials following them, they “raided” where Aryan, Arbaaz, Munmun and others are lining up while waiting to board the cruise ship. Inexplicably, it is these BJP vigilantes who drag the two in their cars, not the official NCB vehicles, to the NCB office near Chhatrapati Shivaji (VT) Terminus (CST), showing the BJP’s determination to send Aryen in. prison, whatever happens can.

It is also the apparent determination of Sameer Wankhede, setting aside all the standards and even the various clauses of the NDPS law which distinguishes, among others, those found in “small quantities” and those trading and involved in the narcotics and narcotics business activity. psychotropic substances.

The NDPS law provides for different penalties for those who are simple users of drugs and other substances such as heroin in this case. And in this case, as is now known, no drugs were found on Aryan’s person, and he was not medically examined to prove that he was under the influence of a drug such as ‘accepted by the pursuit team as well.

Nawab Malik, questioning the integrity and objectivity of Sameer Wankhede, claimed that “not even a single gram of drugs was seized during the cruise or at the terminal”. Its allegation is self-evident, since otherwise it was incumbent on the NCB to seize the vessel as well.

But after taking a few people they were apparently looking for as Aryan Khan, the ship was allowed to leave on its journey and party in Goa. Malik said that “Aryan Khan’s arrest is a forgery”.

“Over the past month, information has been released to criminal journalists that the next target is Shahrukh Khan,” Malik said, adding, “The drugs were not even found in any of the accused. Whatever video of the sample shared by the BCN was taken in the office of the area manager, which is contrary to the data entry procedure.

But Sail’s claims, in which he said he was forced to sign ten blank papers in the NCB office as a witness, and overheard Gosavi’s conversation with one Sam D’Souza for a ” deal ‘of Rs 18 crore, of which Rs 8 crore was to be given to Wankhede, reinforced Malik’s claim of a huge ongoing corruption scam in the NCB under the patronage of the BJP government to target wealthy movie stars but vulnerable.

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