After 19 days, Shah Rukh Khan finally went to meet his son Aryan at the Arthur Road Jail on Thursday morning. The superstar had only spoken to his 23-year-old son over phone since the latter’s arrest in the cruise drug bust case. His wife Gauri did meet him earlier.
The actor quickly entered the jail with his posse of bodyguards led by Ravi Singh. “He spent a little over 20 minutes inside. It is not known what transpired inside the jail. But as Shah Rukh came out after the meeting, he greeted those who had come to meet other detained persons,” said a source.
Shah Rukh has not attended any of the court hearings of Aryan’s case so far. His manager Pooja Dadlani and bodyguard Ravi Singh have been present though. Both were at Court on Wednesday when Aryan’s bail plea came up for hearing.
The actor has maintained a dignified silence ever since the start of the episode and has refrained from making any comment to the media. He has also not pursued any of his professional commitments over the past few days.
Meanwhile, after his bail application was rejected on Wednesday by a special Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Court in Mumbai, Aryan’s legal team has filed an application in the High Court seeking bail for him.
“The matter will be heard on Tuesday in the High Court. We requested an early hearing. The Additional Solicitor General (Anil Singh) was present. The ASG has said that he would be ready by Tuesday,” said Advocate Satish Maneshinde, who is representing Aryan.
Ananya’s mobile phone and laptop seized
During a hearing of the case on October 14th, the NCB had submitted some details of what is alleged to be WhatsApp chats between Aryan and an upcoming Bollywood actress. The Bureau claimed the conversations contained references to drug consumption. The actress in question is Ananya Panday, and NCB officials visited her house on Thursday to serve a summons to her to appear at the NCB office later in the day. The NCB has also seized Ananya’s mobile phone and laptop.
Simultaneously, another NCB team visited Shah Rukh Khan’s house around the time the actor was returning home after meeting his son in jail. Sources say they had gone there for some documentation. The team left the premises after a few minutes....