The raid was conducted on October 2 last year by Sameer Wankhede, former regional director of the agency in Mumbai, which resulted in the arrest of the 24-year-old.
Soon after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) gave a clean chit to actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan and five others in the drug-on-cruise case on Friday, Sameer Wankhede, former regional director of NCB in Mumbai, who conducted the operation which led to the arrest of Aryan and several others, refusing to comment on the agency’s clean chit to the 24-year-old.
Initially, 14 people were intercepted from the cruise ship, and, on the afternoon of 3 October, the federal agency arrested Aryan Khan and his friends, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. After this 17 others were also arrested.
On 28 October, Khan, Merchant and Dhamecha were granted bail by the Bombay High Court.
Friday’s developments, meanwhile, are likely to trigger a fresh face-off between Maharashtra’s ruling coalition–the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA)–and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The MVA has frequently accused the BJP of trying to topple the state government through central agencies; the BJP is in power at the Centre. The saffron party, however, has always denied the allegations.