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Action against NCB’s Sameer Wankhede for ‘shoddy investigation’ in ‘Mumbai cruise drug case’

27/05/2022 at 6:02 PM

NCB gives clean chit to Aryan Khan

Mumbai, May 27: Hours after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) gave a clean chit to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan and five others in the cruise ship drug case, the Central Government directed the competent authority to take strict action against the former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official Sameer Wankhede for his sloppy investigation into the case.

According to sources, the NCB in a statement on Friday said that its Mumbai branch had intercepted Vikrant, Ishmeet, Arbaaz, Aryan and Gomit at the International Port Terminal of the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), and Nupur, Mohak and Munmun at the Cordelia Cruise on October 2 last year. All the accused persons were found in possession of narcotics except Aryan and Mohak.

“Initially, the case was investigated by NCB Mumbai. Later, a Special Investigation Team from NCB headquarters in New Delhi, headed by Sanjay Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Operations), was constituted to investigate the case, which was taken over by the SIT on November 6 last year. The SIT carried out its investigation in an objective manner,” said the NCB.

The NCB further said that the touchstone of the principle of proof beyond reasonable doubt has been applied.

“Based on the investigation carried out by the SIT, a complaint against 14 persons under various sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act is being filed,” NCB said.

The NCB statement further reads that the complaint against the rest of the six persons is not being filed due to the “lack of sufficient evidence”.

Notably, an NCB team headed by the then Mumbai Zone head, Sameer Wankhede, had conducted a raid on the Cordelia Cruise yacht where a rave party was reportedly being held on the intervening night of October 2 and 3.

Aryan Khan and few others were detained by the team on charges of drug conspiracy and consuming drugs. Khan was placed under arrest by the NCB team on October 3. After interrogation, he was remanded to judicial custody.

He was granted bail on October 28 after remaining in custody for 26 days. However, due to legal procedures, he was freed from jail on October 30.

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