Maharashtra Minister ups Attack On Aryan Khan NCB case officer

Oct 27, 2021: Nawab Malik, a Maharashtra minister and spokesman for the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), is accusing the Narcotics Control Bureau of bias.

In a recent press conference, Malik accused the NCB of failing to provide justice to Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan. No arrests have been made despite FIRs against Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shardha Kapoor. However, Aryan has been in prison for more than three weeks.

Malik also demanded an electronic probe with call record details of NCB Zonal director Sameer Wankhede, Prabhakar Sail, Kiran Gosavi and Wankhede’s driver.

In a separate development, Nawab Malik, a minister from Maharashtra cited a letter from an unnamed NCB employee, “who has been working with the agency for two years”, according to the 60-year-old NCP leader. The letter reveals details about the unseemly conduct of the officer incharge of Aryan Khan case.

“I have received a letter from an unnamed NCB official.”

In the Aryan Khan case, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik escalated his attack on Sameer Wankhede, the anti-drugs agency officer leading the drugs-on-cruise investigation. After a witness alleged payoffs in the case, putting Mr Wankhede at the centre of bribery claims, Mr Malik alleged the top NCB officer “did not follow proper rules in 26 cases”.

Citing a letter from an NCB employee, “who has been working with the agency for two years”, Mr Malik said: “I have received a letter from an unnamed NCB official. I am sending this letter to Director General Narcotics, requesting him to include this letter in the investigation being conducted on NCB’s Sameer Wankhede. We demand there should be a probe.”

The minister said, “My war is not against the agency… I am fighting injustice. I am only exposing one official who got the job by fraud. Mr Wankhede used fake birth certificate to get the NCB job. He has been illegally tapping phones in Thane and Mumbai,” the Nationalist Congress Party leader told reporters.

In the letter he received from the unknown source, Mr Malik said, “26 cases are mentioned in which Sameer Wankhede didn’t follow proper rules while investigating the matter”.

Mr Wankhede meanwhile denies the allegations outright. The officer’s wife also came to the public defense of her husband.

The Director General of the NCB, Mutha Ashok Jain, on the other hand said the agency is committed to investigating the claims against Sameer Wankhede.

Earlier, in cryptic tweets, Mr Malik had said he has “received an envelope from an unnamed NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) official”, adding that he will soon be revealing the details.”

The minister has been alleging collusion between the NCB and the BJP leaders in the drugs-on-cruise case in which Aryan Khan has been identified as the accused number 1.

The minister also alleged the NCB is “hiding” behind the case of his son-in-law who was arrested in a drugs case, portraying his criticism of the agency as a case of “personal vendetta”.

“This allegation is baseless. They were shielding behind the case of my son-in-law. Nine months ago, he was arrested by Wankhede who is NCB Zonal Director. I said I have full trust in the Indian judiciary. Nobody is above the law. He was already granted bail,” Mr Malik told press.

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