Anti-drugs agency Narcotics Control Bureau’s zonal officer Sameer Wankhede was questioned today in connection with the bribery allegations against him, which his organisation is investigating. But the officer will stay in charge of the cruise ship raids case — in which Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan has been arrested — unless substantial information is found against him, the agency said.
Earlier this week, bribery allegations were made against Mr Wankhede by a man named as a witness in the case.
The officer is also facing a series of allegations from Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, which range from extortion to illegal phone tapping and cornering Scheduled Castes quota through forged documents.
Mr Wankhede has submitted the documents related to the case, and if need be, he will be questioned further, said senior NCB officer Gyaneshwar Singh, who landed in Mumbai this morning with a four-member team.
The vigilance section of the Narcotics Control Bureau was asked to investigate the allegations made by Prabhakar Sail, a bodyguard to KP Gosavi — the private investigator whose selfie with Aryan Khan went viral.
Prabhakar Sail has alleged that Gosavi had demanded money from Shah Rukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani, a portion of which was earmarked for Mr Wankhede.
KP Gosavi said they should ask for a “bomb 25 crore” and then settle at 18 crore, of which Rs 8 crore was for Sameer Wankhede, Prabhakar Sail had said in his affidavit.