Supreme Court lawyer Khushbu Jain: Excessive exposure can damage Aryan Khan’s reputation for life – Exclusive!


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Supreme Court lawyer Khushbu Jain: Excessive exposure can damage Aryan Khan’s reputation for life – Exclusive!

Supreme Court advocate Khushbu Jain speaks to ETimes about Aryan Khan’s on-going drugs case and explains the legal viewpoint of where things stand in the case currently. First and foremost, Jain speaks of the case being at a crucial juncture. She says, “Aryan Khan’s case is sub-judice and everyday some new developments are happening, which are throwing light on new nodes and people directly or indirectly involved in the chain of illicit trade of drugs.”
Jain also expresses that the concerned authorities investigating the case should lay more emphasis on those actually responsible for drug supply and sale. She says, “It is the need of the hour that the agencies shift focus to target the cartels involved in sourcing drugs. It is of paramount importance that supply line is curbed by arresting and persecuting the financiers and exporters.”

Explaining the implementation and interpretation of the laws at work in Aryan’s case, Jain says, “Whereas NDPS Act of 1985 is concerned – punishments for crimes are flexible. It depends on how much quantity is involved in the commission of the offence. Contraventions involving ‘small quantities’ are punishable with rigorous imprisonment of a term which may extend to one year or with a fine which may extend to Rs 10,000 or with both.” She goes onto say that according to her legal opinion, Aryan should be able to make bail. She says, “The said Section read in conjunction with the provisions of Schedule II of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 would make the present offence, if any, bailable in nature.”

She explains further, “Even if we accept that Aryan consumed drugs, the NDPS Act provides for immunity from prosecution if classified as addict. The law provides for ‘addicts volunteering for treatment enjoy immunity from prosecution'. This immunity could be withdrawn if the addict does not undertake complete treatment.”

In the end, she highlights an important point. Increased exposure to custody and judicial process can hamper an innocent person’s image. She says, “In light of the above provision of immunity, or if that person is actually innocent, the excessive exposure can damage his reputation for life.”

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