West Bengal Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the arrest of Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is a conspiracy to defame the Bollywood actor and his family as he did not bow to the BJP.
Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Amid the row over the arrest of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, in the Mumbai cruise ship drug raid that has attracted the attention of many politicians, the head of the West Bengal Congress, Adhir Ranjan, asked Chowdhury, wondering Monday whether Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee’s supremo and Trinamool Congress (TMC) are keeping their mouths shut to please her “friends in the Bharatiya Janata Party”.
“Our prime minister speaks on every subject, but she has kept a stoic silence on the issue of the arrest of … Aryan Khan,” he told PTI news agency.
He added that Shah Rukh is the ‘brand ambassador of West Bengal’ and that Banerjee calls him her ‘brother’. ‘Then why is she silent on the matter? She seems desperate to please her friends in the BJP,” he told PTI.
Citing the examples of Rhea Chakraborty being “hunted” in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, the Congress leader further alleged that Aryan’s arrest was a conspiracy hatched to “blaspheme” Shah Rukh and his family, as the actor did not bow to the BJP.
In addition to Chowdhury, several politicians have spoken on the issue of Aryan Khan. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesman Nawab Malik recently said that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) initially detained as many as 11 people in the case but released three people, including the brother-in-law of a BJP leader.
Meanwhile, the Union minister’s son Narayan Rane and BJP leader Nitesh Rane lashed out at Malik, saying the latter sympathizes with Aryan “because he’s a Khan”.
Aryan, who was arrested on October 3, is currently in custody and housed in the Arthur Road prison in Mumbai. His bail plea will be heard next Wednesday by a Special Court for Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS).