CBI initiates corruption probe against officer involved in Aryan Khan arrest
Officials claim that Mr. Wankhede and other individuals demanded a bribe of ₹25 crore to refrain from falsely implicating Aryan Khan in the alleged drug bust.
On Friday, the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) initiated a corruption case against Sameer Wankhede, the anti-narcotics officer responsible for the arrest of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, in connection with the alleged drugs-on-cruise case that occurred two years ago.
According to officials, Sameer Wankhede and his associates are accused of demanding a bribe of ₹25 crore to prevent Aryan Khan from being falsely implicated in the alleged drug bust.
The primary investigation agency carried out searches in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, and Kanpur.
When Sameer Wankhede and his team raided a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai in 2021, he was the Mumbai zonal chief of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). As a result of the agency’s investigation, Aryan Khan, who spent four weeks in jail, was acquitted of all charges in May 2022 due to insufficient evidence.
A spokesperson for the CBI has stated that officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai Zone are accused of conspiring with others to receive bribes from the alleged accused in Case No. 94/2021, which was registered and investigated under the supervision of the former Zonal Director of Mumbai Zone of NCB. The officials are believed to have used their positions to gain undue advantage from individuals involved in the case.
Previously, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) established by the anti-drugs agency stated that the investigation led by Mr. Wankhede had some shortcomings. In May of last year, Mr. Wankhede was transferred to the Directorate General of Taxpayer Services in Chennai.
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