The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) transferred six of its cases on Friday, including the cruise drug case in which Aryan, the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, was released on bail a week ago, from the Mumbai team to their Delhi counterparts.
The move came amid serious allegations of extortion against the NCB and its Mumbai zone manager Sameer Wankhede. However, Wankhede said it was his written request that the case be reviewed by a central team and that it was not removed from the case.
Previously, Mutha Ashok Jain, NCB’s deputy general manager for the southwest region, six cases from the NCB area of Mumbai were transferred to the agency’s operations team in Delhi for further investigation. He further stated that although Wankhede would no longer oversee the Aryan Khan case, he would continue to fulfill his role as Mumbai area manager.
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Speaking to reporters, Wankhede said: “I was not removed from the investigation. It was my request to the court to have the case reviewed by a central body. The Aryan case and the Sameer Khan case are therefore being examined by the Delhi NCB SIT. It is a coordination between NCB teams in Delhi and Mumbai.
A team from Delhi will reach Mumbai on Sunday.
Wankhede quickly fell out of favor after his team broke a rave night aboard a cruise to Goa and detained the Bollywood star’s son among several others on October 2. He was arrested a day later and released on bail by the Bombay High Court in October. 30.
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The Maharashtra minister and top leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has brought several charges against him, including extortion and fraudulent use of the caste card to secure his employment.
Shortly after, the senior officer was called to Delhi, while a team from the national capital came to Mumbai to investigate the extortion allegations.
Meanwhile, the new twists kept coming as the BCN’s own witnesses turned hostile and reiterated the extortion allegations.