NCB Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede arrives at the

Mumbai cops launch inquiry against Sameer Wankhede, other NCB officials over alleged extortion claims

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NCB Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede arrives at the NCB office in New Delhi on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

The Mumbai Police on Tuesday said that an inquiry has been initiated to verify alleged extortion claims against Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede and other officials. Wankhede is probing the Mumbai-drugs-on-cruise case also involving Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan as an accused among others.

The department said they have received four applications so far alleging extortion by Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede and other officials.

One of the applications was sent by NCB independent witness Prabhakar Sail who had alleged that he had overheard KP Gosavi, another witness in the cruise ship raid case, talking to one Sam D’Souza over the phone about a demand of Rs 25 crore including Rs 8 crore for Sameer Wankhede.

Mumbai Police also said that that there is no truth in the complaint lodged by Sameer Wankhede that he was being spied upon by sleuths from the Oshiwara police station. The two cops went to Oshiwara Cemetery to collect CCTV footage regarding a vehicle theft case, it said.

Earlier this month, a team led by Sameer Wankhede had raided a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai and claimed to have recovered drugs. The team arrested Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in the case along with others.

Sail has sent the application against NCB officers to the Mumbai Police.

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“We have clubbed all the four applications filed against NCB officers including zonal director Sameer Wankhede. We have launched an enquiry to verify the claims,” a senior officer said.

He said all these applications have been marked to Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Marg police station and an officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police has launched the enquiry.

However, police refused to disclose the identity and contents of the applications filed against NCB officers.

Police will also verify claims made by Prabhakar Sail, another official said.

Police teams are verifying locations of mobile phone numbers as well as CCTV footages of various places mentioned in Sail’s application, he said. Appropriate action will be taken after enquiry, he said.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police have also received two applications against cabinet minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik, the official said without elaborating.

Malik has raised a string of allegations against Sameer Wankhede, an IRS officer, and also accused him of forging his documents to secure job.

(With inputs from PTI)

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