‘Did I Really Deserve It?’ Aryan Khan On Being Painted As An ‘International Drug Trafficker’

In October last year, Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau. For the next month he was under NCB’s custody, was sent to Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai and was a victim of incessant online shaming. Not just him, but his entire family was subjected to non-stop harassment by the media. Through it all, SRK and his family maintained a dignified silence.

Finally, on October 30, Aryan Khan walked out of jail on bail. And recently, he was given a clean chit by the NCB because there was no concrete evidence against him. Hence, it can be said that the boy went through all of that trouble for nothing.


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India Today Magazine did a cover story this month on the entire case under the title ‘Lessons From The Aryan Khan Case’. Sanjay Singh, NCB’s deputy director-general who headed the Special Investigations Team in the drugs-on-cruise case revealed what Aryan Khan and Shahrukh Khan had said about the issue.

In the interview, Sanjay Singh claimed that he “did not expect the kind of ‘soul-searching queries Aryan Khan would make.” He said that after he made Aryan comfortable and told him that he had come with an open mind, Khan told him:

“Sir, you have painted me as an international drug trafficker, that I finance drug trafficking — aren’t these charges absurd? They did not find any drugs on my person that day and yet they arrested me. Sir, you have done me great wrong and ruined my reputation. Why did I have to spend so many weeks in jail — did I really deserve it?”


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Sanjay Singh had also met SRK during his investigation, who had raised concerns about his son’s mental health. “Almost in tears”, SRK had said:

“We have been painted as some kind of big criminals or monsters who are out to destroy society and we find going to work tough every day.”

It is truly unfortunate for Aryan Khan to have undergone all of this mess. We hope he is able to recover from the trauma of the incident.

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