Aryan Khan case: BJP leader and a private detective were involved in raid on cruise ship, claims NCP

NCP MLA Nawab Malik alleged that BJP’s Manish Bhanushali and private investigator KP Gosavi were seen taking the accused inside Narcotics Control Bureau office.

Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson Nawab Malik on Wednesday alleged that two civilians, including a Bharatiya Janata Party leader were among those who took part in the Narcotics Control Bureau raid during which the agency detained actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in a drugs-related case, the Maharashtra Times reported.

The Narcotics Control Bureau had on Sunday morning held Aryan Khan and seven others after it raided a party on the cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai. All of them have been sent to the agency’s custody till October 7.

Malik questioned why two civilians, Manish Bhanushali and KP Gosavi, were seen taking Aryan Khan and co-accused Arbaz Merchant inside the Narcotics Control Bureau after they were held.

Bhanushali is a national vice-president of the BJP, while Gosavi is a private investigator, according to The New Indian Express.

The person identified as Gosavi by The New Indian Express was seen in a selfie he had clicked with Aryan Khan inside the Narcotics Control Bureau office. The anti-narcotic agency had clarified that he was not its officer.

Meanwhile, Bhanushali was seen taking Arbaz Merchant inside the Narcotics Control Bureau office, NDTV reported.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Malik questioned whether the Narcotics Control Bureau has the authority to allow civilians to take part in raids or to take their help for such operations, according to Marathi news channel Zee 24 Taas.

“If the NCB has such authority, which law provides for it?,” Malik asked. “For the past [one] year, the BJP has been engaging in fraudulent activities in order to defame the Maharashtra government and the Mumbai film industry. The whole drama that took place on October 3 was also fake.”

The NCP leader also alleged that the Narcotics Control Bureau had not seized the drugs that it showed to mediapersons from the cruise ship, the Maharashtra Times reported. He further alleged that the raid did not follow legal formalities.

Responding to the allegations, BJP MLA Ram Kadam said that the Maharashtra government was insulting the Narcotics Control Bureau officials who had carried out the raids, according to Marathi news channel Mumbai Tak.

“Why does the state government dislike officers who act against drugs?” he asked. “There are many other issues on which politics can be played. But at least the issue of drug abuse should be kept away from politics.”

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