Senior advocate Satish Maneshinde has been appointed by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to represent his son Aryan Khan in the Mumbai cruise drug case. The high-profile lawyer will be defending the actor’s son before the court against the charges pressed by the Narcotics Control Bureau.
Aryan Khan was arrested on Sunday after the Narcotics Control Bureau raided a rave party onboard Cordelia’s Empress Cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai on Saturday. The agency investigators alleged that they had seized 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of MD, 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy) and Rs 1.33 lakh in cash from the accused. Aryan Khan was sent to NCB’s custody for a day by a Mumbai court on Sunday.
BUT WHO IS SATISH MANESHINDE?
Satish Maneshinde, a 56-year-old lawyer, is not new to high-profile cases. He has defended top Bollywood stars and their family members in the past as well.
He was part of the legal team that represented actor Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 blasts case. Satish Maneshinde had secured bail for Sanjay Dutt at the time, even as he faced very serious charges. Soon after that case, Satish Maneshinde became one of the top criminal lawyers in the country for all high-profile cases.
He also secured bail for superstar Salman Khan in the 2002 drinking-and-driving case. Later, Salman Khan was acquitted by the court.
More recently, Satish Maneshinde has been representing actor Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik. They were arrested by the NCB in a drug case last year, after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. They have both been granted bail by the court.
Satish Maneshinde is also the special public prosecutor in the Palghar lynching case.
He started his career as a lawyer in 1983 under celebrated advocate late Ram Jethmalani. He worked with him for almost ten years.
Source: India Today