December 2, 2023

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Aryan Khan case: CBI books Sameer Wankhede, 4 others for demanding over $3mn bribe

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) mentioned that they’ve registered a case towards the then Mumbai zonal chief of NCB, Sameer Wankhede, and 4 others for allegedly demanding Rs 25 crore ($3,041,350) bribe from the household of Aryan Khan, the son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, within the alleged drugs-on-cruise case.

The case has additionally been lodged towards Vishwa Vijay Singh, the then Superintendent, NCB; Ashish Ranjan, the then Intelligence Officer; two personal individuals KP Gosavi and Sanbile D`Souza and unknown others.

The CBI officers on situation of anonymity mentioned that Rs 50 lakh was even paid by Khan`s household to save lots of him within the drug case. He mentioned that within the coming days, they’ll summon Wankhede to hitch the probe and get his assertion recorded.

The CBI mentioned that the moment case was registered underneath the Prevention of Corruption Act and related Sections of the IPC following a grievance from Narcotics Management Bureau`s Vigilance Division.

The CBI official mentioned that the officers of the NCB (Mumbai Zone), in an effort to acquire undue benefit from a number of individuals in a drug case entered right into a legal conspiracy and had allegedly obtained an undue benefit within the type of bribes from the alleged accused.

Info was acquired within the Mumbai Zone of NCB throughout October 2021 associated to the consumption and possession of narcotics substances by varied people on the Cordelia cruise.

Aryan Khan was on board the cruise when the NCB officers performed raids.

The NCB officers allegedly entered right into a conspiracy in an effort to extort an quantity of Rs 25 crore from the members of the family of Aryan Khan by threatening them with the accusation of offences of possession of narcotics substances, as per the alleged instructions of Wankhede.

The CBI official mentioned {that a} token quantity of Rs 50 lakh as a bribe was allegedly obtained in furtherance of this conspiracy by the mentioned individuals.

The official mentioned that searches have been being performed at 29 places throughout Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Lucknow, Chennai and Guwahati. Through the searches, numerous incriminating paperwork, and money have been seized. In Mumbai, raids are on in Andheri and others premises of Wankhede.

IANS made a number of makes an attempt to achieve out to Wankhede, who’s at present posted in Chennai`s Revenue Tax division, for his feedback on the matter, however he was not out there.

Additional investigation within the matter is on.

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