he Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zonal director Sameer Wankhede, who is leading an investigation into the drugs bust case involving Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, said on Monday he was being targeted and is ready for a probe himself.
“My family, including my sister and deceased mother, are being targeted,” Sameer Wankhede told the judge in the special court under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Acts, according to news agency ANI.
The news agency also reported that two affidavits have been filed in the case—one by the NCB and another by Wankhede.
Bar And Bench also reported that the central agency and Sameer Wankhede have moved the Mumbai sessions court seeking directions to prevent attempts to create hurdles and scuttle the ongoing investigation. The NCB has said that there should be no tampering with evidence or the investigation.
Wankhede’s counsel told the court that personal allegations are being made against the official and his family members. “Why are there allegations against my family members? Is it because of my supervisory position? Is it only to divert me and make me fail in court,” he asked.
“I am open for any kind of investigation or inquiry. I have 15 years of record. But such allegations only to target my personal life and work is not done,” he said.
On Sunday, an independent witness in the cruise drugs case claimed that ₹25 crore was demanded by an NCB official and others, including absconding witness KP Gosavi, to let off Aryan Khan. Prabhakar Sail said that he overheard Gosavi telling someone called Sam D’Souza over the phone about a demand of ₹25 crore after Aryan Khan was brought to the NCB office following the October 2 raid and “to settle at ₹18 crore as they have “to give RS 8 crore to Sameer Wankhede”. He also claimed NCB officials asked him to sign nine to ten blank papers.