On Friday, six cases were moved from the NCB Mumbai zonal unit to the SIT team, including the Cordelia cruise drug seizure case in which Aryan Khan was detained last month.
In connection with a narcotics case, the SIT team is likely to record the statement of Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan. The NCB detained Sameer Khan, who is now free on bail, in January of this year.
The SIT team, led by senior IPS officer Sanjay Kumar Singh, has begun taking statements from witnesses in the six cases it has taken over from the Mumbai NCB. A summons was given to Aryan Khan on Saturday, according to Singh, and he was instructed to appear before the SIT on Sunday.
Sanjay Kumar Singh said, “We have started our investigation into the situation.” The senior IPS officer had arrived at the NCB headquarters in the morning and had already left by afternoon.
The inquiry will pick up speed in the following week, according to a senior NCB officer, because the SIT team was in Mumbai.
“All those associated directly or indirectly with the six instances, not just Aryan Khan, will now be called,” an official said on condition of anonymity.
The SIT team summoned Arbaaz Merchantt and Achit Kumar on Sunday (October 7), according to the official. The two were summoned to give a statement in connection with the cruise drug bust case. They are currently out on bail.
Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, is also on bail in the Mumbai cruise drug bust case. Aryan Khan is required to appear at the NCB office every Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. as part of his bail conditions. He is also unable to leave the country and must surrender his passport to authorities.
The NCB previously stated that the six instances had national and international implications, and that further research is required to determine forward and backward connections.
Sanjay Kumar Singh will lead the SIT team, which will consist of 14 investigators. The SIT team will travel to various locations related to the case.