Fans of Shah Rukh Khan hold a poster outside his house after his eldest son Aryan Khan was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on Thursday. Reuters
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Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh’s son Aryan Khan will have to spend one more night at Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail as his legal team missed the paperwork deadline.
The son of superstar was granted bail three weeks after his arrest in the drugs-on-cruise case on Wednesday.
Indian media reported that though the legal team led by senior advocate Satish Maneshinde rushed from the Bombay High Court to the jail, a mere 8 kms away, they were reportedly stuck in the massive evening and weekend traffic jams en route.
Even Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh who left from his Bandra bungalow in a small motorcade to pick up Aryan from jail, returned home mid-way, while close family friend and ex-actress Juhi Chawla managed to complete the formalities for standing surety.
The court has accepted Juhi — a co-star of SRK in many films — as the surety in Aryan's bail and she signed the relevant papers and executed the bail bond before the court officials, said lawyer Satish Maneshinde.
He said that the court formalities are being completed and now the bail papers will be sent directly to the jail authorities which would process them before Aryan is released.
Simultaneously, SRK proceeded from his Bandra home to the ARCJ to welcome Aryan, however his legal team missed the paperwork deadline which made the release date to be Oct.30.
SRK made a trip to the jail on Oct.21 for a 10-minute morale-booster tete-a-tete with Aryan inside the jail ahead of his bail plea in the Bombay High Court.
Prior to that, the superstar was allowed once to meet his son in the Narcotics Control Bureau lockup, where Aryan had broken down, but SRK has maintained a dignified silence throughout the ordeal.
Justice N. W. Sambre granted bail to Aryan and two others — Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha — on Thursday evening, but the bail orders were received only on Friday.
Soon after the bail verdict was pronounced Thursday, SRK reportedly shed tears of joy, and later met his entire legal defence team which had been fighting for Aryan's release for the past four weeks.
The happy-go-lucky Aryan — who left home on Oct.2 for a fun-filled Mumbai-Goa cruise voyage, totally oblivious of what was in store — was suddenly detained after the NCB swoop, arrested the following day and has been in custody since then - making it a total of 28 days that he slept away from his 'Mannat' bedroom.
The high profile drug case involving Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan took another twist on Thursday when teams of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) paid a ‘visit’ to megastar’s home.
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday adjourned, till Wednesday, the hearing of the bail application of superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan, who has been arrested along with 19 others in the cruise party case by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
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