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Drug-use chat with Aryan Khan was a joke: Ananya Pandey tells NCB

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) chargesheet in the drugs-on-cruise case that contains statements from actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, has a statement from actor Ananya Pandey too.

NCB Superintendent VV Singh recorded Aryan Khan’s statement on October 5 and another one on the next day. In the October 6 statement, Aryan Khan admitted to his chats with actor Ananya Pandey regarding weed procurement.

Following this, the NCB officials proceeded to record the statement of Pandey. On October 22, Pandey’s statement was recorded by NCB officer Vishwanath Tiwary.

Also read: Why NCB dropped drugs charges against Aryan Khan

In the statement, Pandey confirmed the chats, but she also explained the context. Ananya said that chat related to weed was said in jest and was a joke in an attempt to be funny.

She said all the chats held with Aryan were an extension of the same joke as mentioned earlier. Ananya Pandey had said Aryan was lying and she was completely unaware why Aryan said something like that.

However, in her statement when inquired about weed possession by her sister Rysa Pandey, Ananya clarified and said, “Rysa does not consume drugs, and she used to smoke cigarettes and loose tobacco. I am not aware where she got it from.”

Also read: Aryan Khan gets clean chit, Sameer Wankhede says ‘sorry, can’t comment’

Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who was arrested in connection with the Mumbai cruise drugs case in October last year, was given a clean chit by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on May 27.

The probe agency indicated that it wasn’t able to gather sufficient evidence against Aryan. And so, Aryan has not been named in the charge sheet filed by the agency.

Khan was taken into custody on November 3 by NCB officials who found no drug on him but a friend of his, who has been chargesheeted, was carrying the drug. The NCB at that time had claimed that the drug was to be used by both of them.


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