A Mumbai court has said that the seizure of drugs from one of the accused persons during a raid on a cruise ship last month was illegal as it was conducted by an unauthorised officer, reported Live Law on Saturday.

Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan is also one of the accused in the case.

In an order, Special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Judge VV Patil said that a panch (testimony) witness and not an authorised officer, conducted search and seizure of drugs from the accused Nupur Satija’s room in the cruise ship.

Satija and co-accused Gomit Chopra were granted bail on October 30 but the court order was made available on Saturday.

The Narcotics Control Bureau had allegedly seized four ecstasy pills, weighing 1.59 grams, from Satija and four pills of ecstasy, 3 grams of cocaine and Rs 93,000 in cash from Chopra, reported Bar and Bench.

The central agency had conducted a raid on a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai on October 2 and arrested several people, including actor Aryan Khan. The Bombay High Court granted him bail on October 28.

During the hearing of Satija’a bail plea, her lawyers, Advocate Ayaz Khan and Sartaj Sheikh argued that the seizure panchnama showed that a female panch witness searched her room at the behest of…

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