New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Bollywood actor and Chunky Panday's daughter Ananya Panday on Thursday reached the zonal office of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai after the anti-drug agency summoned her for questioning in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case, in which Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan was arrested. The NCB, as reported by news agency IANS, has claimed that her name apparently figures in some WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan recovered by the agency, along with others. 

Prior to the summon, the NCB officials also searched the Mumbai residence of Ananya Panday. "Search was conducted this morning, we have given our summons, now we will follow the procedure, can't disclose further", NCB DDG Ashok Mutha Jain said. 

This came amid the sensational drugs-on-cruise case in which Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan was arrested on October 2 following a raid by the anti-drugs agency at a rave party on Goa-bound Cordelia Cruise off the Mumbai coast. Along with Aryan, seven others including his friend Arbaz Merchant and model Munmun Dhamecha were also arrested. 

Aryan and Ananya are among the high profile star kids of the Bollywood industry and often appears together in B-Town parties and events as they have a common circle of friends. Aryan's sister Suhana Khan and Ananya Panday are also best friends and keep on praising each other on social media. 

The Bombay High Court on Thursday posted to October 26 the hearing of the bail application of Aryan Khan, arrested in a drugs case by the Narcotics Control Bureau, and declined bail by a Special NDPS Court. The matter came up before Justice N.W. Sambre with Khan's lawyer Satish Maneshinde seeking urgent hearing on Friday or Monday. However, Justice Sambre decided to take up the matter on Tuesday next, and Khan may have to spend five more days in custody.

The son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan has challenged a ruling of the Special NDPS Court on Wednesday (October 20), rejecting his bail plea, along with co-accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. Simultaneously, Khan's judicial custody expires in the day (Thursday) and the NCB is likely to file an application seeking extension of the same before the Special NDPS Court Judge V.V. Patil.

Following a swoop on a cruise ship by the NCB on October 2, Khan, along with Merchant and Dhamecha, plus five others was detained and arrested on October 3 and has since remained in custody for the past 20 days. Initially, he was given a day's NCB remand by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R.M. Nerlikar till October 4, later till October 7, and then sent to two weeks' judicial custody which ends Thursday (October 21).

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan