Mumbai Drugs Bust Case: Sameer Wankhede In Delhi; Mumbai Court Denies Relief To NCB in Extortion Case
New Delhi: Sameer Wankhede, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director who spearheaded the drugs bust case in Mumbai, arrived in Delhi on Monday night amid allegations of a bribery scandal to let off Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan.
Wankhede is here to meet NCB DG Satya Narayan Pradhan on Tuesday, stated reports.
The NCB officer was surrounded by media at the airport soon after landing in the national capital. “I do not want to comment on anything since the matter is sub judice. We will give proper reply to everything. I have not been summoned. I’ve come here for a different purpose. Allegations against me are baseless,” Wankhede was quoted telling CNN-News18 on being questioned about the allegations.
The NCB had earlier ordered a vigilance inquiry into the claims made by a witness in the cruise drugs case of an extortion bid of Rs 25 crore by some agency officials, including Wankhede, and others, for letting off accused Aryan Khan.
Meanwhile, a Mumbai court rejected the application filed by Narcotics Control Bureau seeking directions from the Court against the hurdles and scuttle being created in the ongoing investigation into the Aryan Khan drug case.
The NCB through an application filed by its officer VV Singh had prayed that cognizance should not be taken of the affidavit by Prabhakar Sail, witness and bodyguard of another witness KP Gosavi in the drug case.
The NCB filed the application after a Mumbai-based lawyer, Sudha Dwivedi, approached Mumbai Police seeking registration of FIR for offences of extortion and corruption against Wankhede. The complaint was filed after an affidavit by Sail was widely circulated in the media on Sunday in which it was alleged that the NCB made him sign a blank panchnama in the cruise ship drugs case, in which Aryan Khan, has been implicated, stated reports in Bar and Bench.
The affidavit also spoke about overhearing a telephonic conversation as per which ₹25 crore was demanded to settle the Aryan Khan drug case.
However, Special Judge of Sessions VV Patil, however, said he cannot pass such blanket directions. “No such blanket orders can be passed. It is for the concerned court or authority to pass appropriate order at the relevant stage,” the Court said.
“Moreover, the matter is sub-judice before the Bombay High Court in bail applications. Therefore no such orders can be passed by this Court,” the judge added.