Probe on the Aryan Khan drugs-on-cruise case deepens. Former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede has strongly reacted to the charges levied upon him by the Enforcement Directorate.
Aryan Khan case: Sameer Wankhede reacts to money laundering charges by ED.
Two years after Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son, Aryan Khan, was cleared of all charges of possession and consumption of drugs, the case has resurfaced in the spotlight across India. The investigating officer handling Aryan Khan's case, who was apprehended in November 2021, now faces accusations of corruption and extortion. Sameer Wankhede stands accused of soliciting a bribe of Rs. 25 crores from the actor's family. In response, Wankhede has petitioned the Bombay High Court to dismiss the money laundering charges lodged against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection to the 2021 Cordelia cruise ship drugs case.
According to a report published by Bar and Bench this evening, “Sameer Wankhede has approached the High Court through advocate Karan Lalit Jain seeking quashing of the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) registered by ED and has sought protection from arrest till the petition is finally heard. The petition is likely to be heard on February 15 by a division bench of Justices PD Naik and NR Borkar.”
The drug case involving Aryan Khan was initiated by the Mumbai unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) following a search and seizure operation conducted on the Mumbai-Goa cruise on October 2, 2021, resulting in the arrest of 20 individuals, including Aryan Khan. Aryan Khan was then granted bail on October 28, 2021, and cleared of charges on May 27, 2022.
Subsequently, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered an FIR against Sameer Wankhede, alleging offences under sections 7 (bribery), 7A (undue advantage to influence a public servant by illegal means), and 12 (abetment) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, along with sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 388 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code.
Earlier, Sameer Wankhede filed a petition seeking the dismissal of the CBI FIR, which is currently pending before the High Court.
Only time will tell when will justice be served in the case.