NCB’s SIT TO TAKE OVER DRUG CASE, SAMEER WANKHEDE REMOVED FROM INVESTIGATION BUT DENIES ACTION

The Mumbai zonal officer of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Sameer Wankhede has been removed from investigating the drug case in which Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was a prime accused. It will now be handed over to NCB’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) in Delhi. The case, which commenced after a raid on October 3rd in a cruise ship off the shore of Mumbai, has been covered widely by both the national and international press. His removal as the lead investigator of the case comes in after allegations were made by a witness in an affidavit submitted to the court. The affidavit claims that Mr. Wankhede had been part of a pay-off of Rs. 8 crores, and allegations made by the NCP minister in the Maharashtra cabinet Nawab Malik regarding his Identity documents and further developments regarding his ‘extravagant’ lifestyle. 

However while speaking to the press, Wankhede has claimed the action is not a’removal’ but his demand for a central probe in the case. “I had also filed a petition asking that either a central agency or the NCB’s Delhi unit should take over the probe into the Aryan Khan case and the Nawab Malik case”, he said while talking to a news channel. “I’ve not been removed from the investigation. It was my writ petition in court that the matter be probed by a central agency. So Aryan case & Sameer Khan case are being probed by Delhi NCB’s SIT. It’s a coordination b/w NCB teams of Delhi & Mumbai,” Mr. Wankhede told ANI. 

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