April 1, 2023

Aryan case: SIT may close probe into ‘extortion’ charges – Times of India

MUMBAI: The special investigation team of Mumbai police conducting a probe into allegations of extortion in the arrest of actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in a drug case is likely to close it as the actor’s manager Pooja Dadlani, who is alleged to have handed over the money, is yet to appear for giving her statement.

A senior police officer said police have sent summons twice to Dadlani, but she has not appeared before the SIT. When asked whether the police were thinking of closing the inquiry, a senior IPS officer told TOI that in the event of Dadlani not appearing before them, they are likely to close it.

A senior police officer said, “There is no official complaint of extortion. However, so far no one has come forward for recirding the statement.”

Aryan was detained by the Narcotics Control Bureau on October 2 in a drug case while he was about to board a cruise liner and placed under arrest the next day. He was released from the Arthur Road jail on October 30.

Kiran Gosavi, one of the witnesses, was arrested by Pune police in October in connection with a cheating case in Pune. His personal bodyguard, Prabhakar Sail, had submitted a complaint before the MRA Marg police station, alleging that he had overheard Gosavi talking to one Sam D’souza about money being demanded in Aryan’s case for his release. It is alleged that Gosavi wanted to contact Khan to extort money. He, with the help of D’Souza, allegedly met a hotelier, who reportedly connected him to Khan’s manager Dadlani. D’souza had claimed Gosavi and others had taken Rs 50 lakh from Dadlani but returned it. SIT had recorded Gosavi’s statement too.

The city police, after receiving an application, formed an SIT and began investigating it.

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