India / Not summoned, came for a different purpose: Wankhede on reaching Delhi

Zoom News : Oct 26, 2021, 08:16 AM
Mumbai: Sameer Wankhede, zonal director of the Narcotic Control Bureau's Mumbai unit, reached Delhi on Monday evening and told the media that he had not been summoned to the national capital regarding the charges of extortion against him.

“I have not been summoned and my purpose for coming here is completely different. The allegations levelled against me are baseless,” Sameer Wankhede told reporters after arriving in Delhi.

NCB Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede reaches Delhi amid allegation of payoff in the drugs case involving actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan.

India Today has learnt that Sameer Wankhede, the supervising officer of the cruise drugs bust case in which actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested, would be meeting his boss SN Pradhan at the NCB headquarters in Delhi on Tuesday.

Sources say the meeting between Sameer Wankhede and the NCB chief is scheduled as part of a review meeting. However, the possibility of a discussion over the cruise drugs case involving Aryan Khan has not been ruled out.

EXTORTION CHARGE AGAINST SAMEER WANKHEDE

On Sunday, an independent witness in the Mumbai cruise drugs case alleged that Rs 25 crore had been demanded on behalf of Sameer Wankhede for the release of Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan. Aryan was arrested in the case on October 3.

Prabhakar Sail, the independent witness in the case, also said in a notarised affidavit that he was made to sign a blank panchnama.

Following these allegations, the NCB released a public statement saying the issue had been forwarded to the Director General of the agency. Sameer Wankhede denied all allegations and wrote a letter to the Mumbai Police Commissioner seeking protection from "precipitate legal action". On Monday, the NCB announced that an inquiry against Sameer Wankhede had been launched.

WANKHEDE'S TRIP TO DELHI

Amid all this, Sameer Wankhede arrived in New Delhi, prompting many to think that his visit to the national capital had something to do with the allegations levelled against him and the inquiry that has been launched.

However, as per reports, Sameer Wankhede will attend a review meeting at the NCB headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday. He will also attend a regular scheduled meeting regarding his deputation at the NCB.

He is likely to meet the NCB chief on Tuesday, as per sources.

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