Byju’s, the online tutoring company, has stopped running all advertisements featuring brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan after his son Aryan Khan was arrested in a case involving the seizure of illegal drugs from a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai.
Byju’s took the step after coming under fire from certain sections of Twitter. However, whether or not the company has severed ties with Khan and removed him as its brand ambassador is as yet unknown.
Aryan Khan was among eight people taken into custody following a raid on the cruise ship on the evening of October 2 in which various quantities of MDMA, cocaine and hashish were recovered.
On Friday, October 8, a metropolitan magistrate’s court denied bail to Aryan and two others, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, sending them, along with the rest of the individuals in the Narcotics Control Board’s (NCB) custody to 14-day judicial remand.
A total of 19 people have been arrested in the case so far.
The bail pleas of Khan and others arrested will be heard by a special court on Wednesday, October 13.
Byju’s’ decision to stop advertisements featuring Shah Rukh Khan has also garnered its fair share of criticism on social media.
Byju's Takes Down Ads Featuring Shah Rukh Khan After Aryan Khan's Arrest in Drugs Probe