Aryan, son of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, released from prison | Bollywood news

Aryan was detained after the Narcotics Control Bureau raided a ship sailing from Mumbai to Goa in early October.

Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has been released from a prison in Mumbai after he was arrested during a cruise ship drug abuse case in India.

Aryan, 23, the eldest son of the actor called “The King of Bollywood”, was detained earlier this month along with 19 others after the Narcotics Control Bureau raided a ship that was to sail from Mumbai to Goa.

He was given bail on Thursday along with two others by the High Court of Bombay on their fourth attempt. On Saturday, he was released after spending 22 days behind bars.

The case has been in headlines across India, dominating front pages and receiving non-stop coverage on news channels.

Some have claimed that Aryan, a Muslim, is a victim of religious persecution in a country ruled by a Hindu nationalist party.

Social media has been flooded with messages of support for the family, and many call the arrest a witch hunt.

Fans and media gathered outside their residence on Saturday, while the family has also received support from several Bollywood A-lists.

The officer investigating the case, Sameer Wankhede, is facing an internal investigation at the drug bureau and another by Mumbai police over allegations of bribery and extortion in connection with the case.

The Narcotics Control Bureau has claimed that Aryan is a regular user and supplier of drugs, while also saying that their investigation revealed an international drug connection and found drug-related WhatsApp chats on his phone.

The high-profile case comes a year after Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide and the arrest of his ex-girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, for allegedly buying him drugs.

Her arrest sparked a broader investigation into drug use in Bollywood, in which superstar Deepika Padukone and others were brought in for questioning.

Fans gathered with banners of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan Khan outside his residence to celebrate Aryan Khan’s release on bail on Friday [Sujit Jaiswal/AFP]


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