Congress Politicians Question Legal Procedures That Won Star Kid Aryan Khan Bail in Drugs Case
08:10 GMT 29.10.2021 (Updated: 10:40 GMT 19.07.2022)
Aryan, the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was arrested by India's Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), on 3 October in a raid on a cruise ship off Mumbai coast.
A day after euphoria accompanied the bail of star kid Aryan Khan, top Congress politicians have questioned the legal process that led to the conditional release order on Thursday, nearly three weeks after the arrest.
On Friday, P. Chidambaram, a senior Congress parliamentarian and noted lawyer, slammed the NCB for making "a shocking statement".
"The NCB argued that in drug cases the time-honoured principle that 'every person is presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law' does not apply - a shocking statement," he said.
"The NCB also argued that in drug cases 'custody in jail is the principle, bail is exception' - another shocking distortion of law," said Chidambaram, who is a senior lawyer himself.
Another senior Congress politician and acclaimed lawyer, Kapil Sibal, decried the high decibel media attention given to the case, saying it contrasted with thousands of cases where those awaiting trial remain behind bars.
Supriya Shrine, a Congress spokesperson, accused the NCB of 'witch-hunting' and said that the drug agency had gone into decay.
An independent witness in the case has also alleged that Aryan was arrested by Wankhede after Bollwyood superstar Shah Rukh Khan had failed to pay extortion money to the top cop.
Aryan Khan's arrest has been dominating national media since early October. He was taken into custody by the NCB from a party aboard a cruise ship. The probe in the case has become controversial after allegations were levelled against the investigating officer, Sameer Wankhede, for extorting money from Bollywood stars.