Aryan Khan, son of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has to spend another night in jail as his bail papers missed the deadline after a nerve-wracking countdown that came down to seconds.
The deadline for the jailer at Mumbai’s Arthur Road to receive the release order for Aryan Khan was 5.30 pm.
A senior jail official was quoted by Press Trust of India as saying his release papers did not reach them on time.
“We won’t give special treatment for anyone. The law is the same for all. The deadline for receiving the bail papers was 5.30 pm. That has passed. He won’t be released today,” the official told PTI.
Shah Rukh Khan left his Mumbai home Mannat around 3.40 pm for Arthur Road jail, where Aryan has already spent 22 days.
Actor Juhi Chawla, Shah Rukh Khan’s co-star in many movies, signed the Rs 1 lakh bail bond for Aryan.
The papers were necessary for a special anti-drugs court to sign the release papers.
From there, Aryan Khan’s lawyers hastened to make it to Arthur Road jail and deposit the release order in an archaic box that is opened twice a day – at 10.30 am and 5.30 pm.
Outside Mannat, a huge contingent of the media waited for the return of Aryan Khan, who left home on October 2 for a cruise party and was arrested in the early hours of October 3 after a drugs raid.
Aryan Khan cannot leave Mumbai without informing the police and has to appear before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) every Friday, the court said, listing 14 conditions for his bail.
The conditions include not leaving the country without permission, “not indulging in similar activities, not communicating with other accused like his friend Arbaaz Merchant, and not talking to the media.
Aryan Khan also has to go to the NCB office every Friday between 11 am and 2 pm, attend court hearings, and join investigations whenever required.
If any of these conditions are violated, the court says, the NCB can request cancellation of bail.