Manish Rajgaria, the youngster from Rourkela who was released on bail Wednesday in the high-profile drug trafficking case in which Aryan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is one of the defendants, made Friday surprising revelations.
After returning to Odisha, Manish claimed today that he was “trapped” with his friend Avin Sahu in the affair. Manish and Avin were arrested by officials from the Narcotics Control Bureau (BNC) on October 5 for alleged possession of 2.4 g of Ganja (dry cannabis).
âWe had just enjoyed the cruise and booked tickets online. A total of seven people from Rourkela were on board the cruise. However, an argument ensued with those responsible for the cruise for whom they tricked us under a false pretext, âsaid Manish who, along with Avin, was the first to be released on bail by the NDPS court. Aryan and two other key defendants in the case, Aarbaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, were released on bail by the Bombay High Court yesterday.
In an exclusive interview with OTV, Manish said cruise staff and security staff got into an argument with them when they complained about a delay in room assignments.
âIn addition, the rooms were dirty, the service was poor and the air conditioners did not work even though we had paid close to Rs 4-5 lakh for the trip. We also complained about the lack of service, âhe said.
âWe almost had a fight with the staff on board the cruise. When the cruise ship returned to shore on Monday (October 4), we had no idea NCB would stop us. The NCB team, including Sameer Wankhade, subsequently arrested the organizers, âManish said.
We were trapped:
Manish alleged that a cruise official handed over a pouch to NCB officials, claiming it contained Ganja which was collected from us.
“The official concerned also told the BCN that he saw Avin consuming drugs on the bridge and that he (the official) was subsequently a witness in the case,” Manish said. âWe didn’t know how to react to such allegations. BCN officials took our phones and told us to accompany them to their office for further investigation. After 6-7 days of investigation, officials realized that we were not involved in any of this at all, âManish said.
On obtaining a deposit before being Aryanâ¦.
âI was released on bail earlier than Aryan because the BCN could not find any drugs on us that were given to them by the cruise staff. We proved in court that the contraband did not belong to us. NCB also reportedly submitted a report to the court supporting our claim. “
Comments on NCB and conversations with Aryanâ¦.
âWe got a lot of support from the BCN detectives and they didn’t treat us like the culprits,â Manish said. Manish said he was at the NCB office with Aryan and others for almost 7-8 days.
âWe spoke to each other in general terms and the conversation with Aryan was centered around family and related things while we were there. However, we were unable to discuss the issues related to the case as the BCN officials were present 24 hours a day, âhe added.