Express News Service

MUMBAI: Opposition leaders called the raid conducted at a cruise off the Mumbai coast as politically motivated to dampen the resounding victory of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in bypolls. They also alleged that the arrest of Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son is indirectly targetted at Mamata as SRK is the Brand Ambassador of West Bengal.

The Special Court of the Narcotic Control Bureau of India on Sunday gave one day remand to Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in a drug-related case.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said that at Gujarat port, 3000 tonnes of heroin worth Rs 20,000 crore were found out, but there has been no breakthrough in that case by the central probe agency.

“However, in the alleged rave party on the cruise, negligible amounts of drug was found, but there is so much hype and media attention added to the filmy style actions of NCB. It shows the NCB was sleeping when Rs 20,000 crore worth drugs was brought in India but makes big drama for few grams of drugs. If the investigative agencies are serious and independent, then they should find out the culprit in the Gujarat port drug case. Why are they dragging feet there because the port is owned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi friend Gautam Adani,” Sawant questioned.

Sources said that Mamata Banerjee is a promising candidate for the Prime Ministerial post for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. “The BJP could not defeat her in elections and therefore they are using the central probe agencies to target the people who are close to her. Film star Shah Rukh Khan is the Brand Ambassador of West Bengal. So, this is an indirect attack on Mamata Banerjee and West Bengal through the arrest of Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan. BJP plays politics at different levels,” the source added.

Shah Rukh Khan was close to Congress leaders when it was in government during UPA I and the second time. After the BJP government came to power in the Centre since 2014, the Bollywood superstar has neither shown any inclination nor made any political statements in favour of any political parties..But his proximity with the West Bengal chief minister increased as he owns the Kolkata Knight Rider cricket team in IPL.