Mukul Rohatgi to represent Aryan Khan
Mukul Rohatgi has flown to Mumbai along with his team to join the legal team of Aryan Khan in the “drugs on cruise” case.
The legal team of Aryan Khan, son of Shah Rukh Khan, consists of high-profile lawyers like Satish Maneshinde and Amit Desai. Mukul Rohatgi is the newest name to be incorporated in the entourage of lawyers fighting for Aryan Khan’s bail.
Mukul Rohatgi will be the lead counsel, alongside Satish Maneshinde and Amit Desai, present in the Bombay High Court to secure bail for the accused Aryan Khan.
Who is Mukul Rohatgi?
Mukul Rohatgi is the former Attorney General of India (AGI) , the highest law officer of the country. He served as the 14th AGI of India from 2014 to 2017 before handing over the office to KK Venugopal, the current Attorney General of India.
Mukul Rohatgi obtained his law degree from the prestigious Government Law College, Mumbai after which he started his practice in the Delhi High Court. Later he was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General for the Vajpayee Government in 1999. This appointment saw him shift his base to the Supreme Court more prominently.
Mukul Rohatgi is also known for his friendship with the former Finance Minister of India Late Arun Jaitley. Rohatgi has fondly spoken of his friendship with Arun Jaitley and how they used to have chambers in Delhi High Court next to each other, we still have those chambers, says Mukul while paying tribute to Arun Jaitley in August 2019.
Important Cases by Mukul Rohatgi
Mukul Rohatgi has represented several famous and critical cases in the history of India. He was the representative of the Government of Gujarat in the 2002 riots case. The 66 years old senior advocate has also fought the National Judicial Appointment Case in his capacity as the AGI.
Mukul Rohatgi was appointed as Special Prosecutor and charged a fee of Rs. 1.20 Crore from the government of Maharashtra to probe the death of CBI Special Judge BH Loya. However, Supreme Court had quashed the plea seeking a probe in April 2018. Rohatgi hailed the apex court’s decision.
Timeline of the case
The alleged possession of drugs by Aryan Khan on the Cordelia Cruise ship follows the following timeline:
October 3,2021-NCB raids cruise ship Cordelia and takes 8 people under custody including Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha.
October 11,2021-The lawyers of the accused move a special NDPS court in Mumbai for bail. The special court sets 14th of October as the date of hearing.
October 14,2021-NCB, in the hearing, stated that Aryan Khan has been a regular user of the contraband in the past years. Mumbai special court reserves its order.
October 20,2021– The Mumbai special court rejected Aryan Khan’s bail plea along with the bail plea of Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. The court said that Aryan Khan’s case amounts to conscious possession of the contraband as he had the knowledge of his friend carrying the substance. The court further relied on the chats submitted to it by the NCB from Aryan Khan’s phone.
October 21,2021– Shah Rukh Khan meets his son Aryan Khan and is seen in public first time since the arrest of Aryan Khan. NCB visits Shah Rukh Khan’s home “Mannat”. NCB also summons Ananya Panday on the basis of the chats discussing drugs with Aryan Khan.
October 26, 2021-Mukul Rohatgi flies to Mumbai to join the legal team of Aryan Khan. The bail plea is made to the Bombay High Court.
Mukul argued before the judge of Bombay High Court how there is “no material for conspiracy” against Aryan Khan. Mukul also mentioned how the social ministry was asking for reforms in the laws. Mukul pointed out that while he is not agreeing to any consumption or possession, the said possession is also of a very miniscule amount.