“In this case, if Aryan Khan was not Shah Rukh Khan’s son, he may well have been out on bail long ago,” John added. “In that sense the law has been abused to incarcerate a young man in express violation of constitutional protections,” said John, who is among India’s most esteemed lawyers, famous for having taken up many high-profile cases. Vikas Pahwa, also a senior lawyer, suggested that Aryan Khan was paying a price for his celebrity status. “When there is no recovery [of drugs], there is no evidence of consumption. There is a blatant misuse of procedures,” Pahwa told DW. Some say that a trend is emerging in India in which authorities deny bail in high-profile cases.