Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was today cleared of all charges in the drugs case over which he spent 22 days in a Mumbai jail last year.
Shah Rukh Khan is “very relieved”, said senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, who represented Aryan Khan in court and secured bail for him.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), in a chargesheet, said no drugs were found on Aryan Khan and there was no “substantial evidence” to charge him and five others.
Fourteen other accused have been charged by the anti-drugs agency.
Aryan Khan and his father Shah Rukh Khan are both relieved, said Mukul Rohatgi.
“I am very relieved and so must be my clients, including Shah Rukh Khan. Ultimately, truth has prevailed,” he told NDTV.
“There was no material to charge this young man or arrest him. No drugs were found on him. I am happy that the NCB acted professionally in admitting their mistake,” added the lawyer.
Aryan Khan was arrested on October 3 after a drugs raid on a cruise by the anti-drugs agency. Soon after he was taken away by the raid team, a selfie taken with him by “independent witness”, Kiran Gosavi, went viral. Gosavi was later arrested in a cheating case.
Then NCB chief Sameer Wankhede and his team questioned several people in the case. Based on WhatsApp chats, actor Ananya Pandey was also questioned.
“The anxiety it caused to the accused and his parents…it was a harrowing experience for him and his family,” said Mr Rohatgi.
Today was the last day for the NCB to submit its chargesheet. They had already been given an extension by the court.