News Desk, Amar Ujala, Mumbai
Published by: Sanjeev Kumar Jha
Updated to Wednesday, 27 October 2021 07:58 PM IST
NCB Deputy Director General Gnaneshwar Singh said that he was questioned today regarding the allegations against Sameer Wankhede. Wankhede will continue as the investigating officer in the drugs case for the time being.
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Gnaneshwar Singh said a five-member team from the NCB was investigating the allegations made by Prabhakar’s cell today. KV Goswami, a witness in the drugs case, said he had asked the South West Zone Office to send notices to Prabhakar Sail but could not be reached.
DDG Gnaneshwar Singh said witnesses were called
Earlier, NCB Deputy Director General Gnaneshwar Singh had said that the probe into the allegations against Sameer Wankhede would begin as soon as he arrived. Witness Prabhakar said the team was set up to investigate the Sail allegations. Gnaneshwar said the witnesses were called on the basis of documents and records collected from the NCB office and now their statements would be recorded.
He said all physical witnesses would be called for the trial. Gnaneshwar, however, declined to name the witnesses. Gnaneshwar Singh is leading a departmental vigilance inquiry into allegations of extortion in a cruise drugs case. However, Wankhede said all the allegations against him were baseless. Let us inform you that Wankhede led the trial of the Cruise Ship Drugs Party case involving Aryan Khan and later he was convicted of robbery. After this, he himself came under the scanner.
Authorities and witnesses will be questioned on the role: Gnaneshwar Singh
Gnaneshwar Singh said the authorities involved in the case would look into the role of all witnesses and record whether they followed the NCB manuals and procedures specified in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
The trial began in the wake of witness Prabhakar Sail allegations
The NCB has ordered an inquiry into the allegations made by Sakshi Prabhakar. It is alleged that some officials of the agency, including Mumbai Regional Director Sameer Wankhede, demanded Rs 25 crore for the release of Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
Sameer Wankhede has given an affidavit in court to stay the action
At the same time, two affidavits were filed in court on behalf of Sameer Wankhede. He told the court that an attempt was being made to sideline the NCB investigation. Many witnesses are being pressured, causing the witness to become hostile and influence the investigation. He also said that he was being pressured and threatened. Along with my sister, the deceased mother is also targeting the whole family.
Wankhede also wrote a letter to Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale
On Sunday, Wankhede wrote a letter to Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale seeking protection from legal action by unidentified individuals for misrepresenting him over the alleged vigilance issue. However, they were not relieved.