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Aryan Khan drugs case: WhatsApp chats hold ‘no value’, says NCB chief

27/05/2022 at 7:15 PM

NCB gives clean chit to Aryan Khan

New Delhi, May 27:  The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Chief, SN Pradhan, on Friday said WhatsApp chats without physical evidence hold “no value”.

Dropping the charges against Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, he said that a person can talk about anything on WhatsApp, but without physical existence, it’s not complete evidence.

“There should be physical corroboration of WhatsApp chat. Courts have clarified that WhatsApp chat, in itself, holds no value. You can talk about anything on WhatsApp but if not corroborated with physical evidence, it’s not complete evidence,” Pradhan told media persons after the NCB gave clean chit to the star kid in relation to the cruise drug case, dropping all the charges against him in the narcotics investigation.

The NCB chief further clarified that there should be beyond a reasonable doubt, that the officials did not find.

“The principle of preponderance and probability is not applicable to NDPS Act. There should be beyond a reasonable doubt, that we did not find such evidence,” he added.

Aryan Khan was arrested by the NCB last year in the ‘drugs on cruise’ case for alleged possession of drugs and illegal substances aboard a cruise. On Friday, NCB gave a clean chit to Khan, and five others for the lack of sufficient evidence.

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