Hyderabad: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan and two others on 3 October for alleged possession and consumption of illegal drugs following a raid on a cruise ship. Amidst this, an image of a man, reportedly an NCB official, taking a selfie with Aryan is doing the rounds of social media.
The claim is false.
NewsMeter performed a Google reverse image search which led us to a tweet by ANI. It read, "Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) categorically clarifies that the man in this picture with Aryan Khan is not an officer or employee of NCB."
ANI had also published a report titled "NCB clarifies man in viral selfie with Aryan Khan not an officer".
Many mainstream media organizations, including NDTV, The Times of India, Pinkvilla, Zee News, and OpIndia, had reported that the man in the viral picture was not an NCB official. According to the reports, the NCB on Sunday had issued a statement clarifying the rumours.
A video report by ETimes from 4 October 2021, published on its YouTube channel, confirmed the same. The video description read, "After the arrest of Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan in a drug case, many pictures and videos of the star kid from inside the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office went viral on social media. One of these pictures showed a bald man clicking a selfie with Aryan and people thought him to be an NCB official. However, NCB issued a clarification that the man in the viral photo with actor Shah Rukh Khan's son, Aryan Khan, is not an officer or employee of the investigating agency."
It is therefore evident that the claim that the man in the viral photo taking a selfie with Aryan Khan is an NCB official is false.