While Aryan failed to appear before the SIT citing “slight fever”, his friend Arbaaz Merchant and co-accused Achit Kumar arrived at the NCB office and were quizzed for several hours. Sources said Aryan is expected to appear before the SIT in a day or two.
“We are issuing summons to all the accused and people concerned in the six drug cases that are now being probed by the SIT,” said an NCB officer.
The SIT, which was formed on Friday, arrived in Mumbai on Saturday. Singh was present at the NCB’s Ballard Estate office on Sunday. Merchant came in the morning to give his statement while Kumar arrived in the afternoon.
ANI reported that Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the case who claimed that a deal of Rs 18 crore was made for Aryan’s release, has been summoned at 2pm on Monday. Earlier on October 30, Sail failed to appear before the team to record his statement, an official said.
The cruise liner drug case, actor Armaan Kohli’s case, the case involving minister Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan, and three charas and mephedrone cases, which were being supervised by Mumbai NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede, were transferred to the Singh-led SIT last week.
Meanwhile, Sunil Patil, whom ex-Mumbai BJP youth wing chief Mohit Bharatiya has accused of being the mastermind of the cruise drugs episode, appeared before the Mumbai Police’s SIT on Sunday to record his statement, an official said.
ACP Milind Khetle, who heads the SIT set up to probe allegations of extortion against NCB officials in connection with the alleged cruise drug bust, will record Patil’s statement.