Editorial

Has NCB demanded a bribe of Rs 25 cr to free Aryan ?

An independent witness in the cruise drugs seizure case on Sunday claimed that a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officer and some other persons demanded Rs 25 crore (Rs 250 million) from Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to release his son Aryan Khan in the case.

IWP came to know from the confurmed souces that Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the case, told the Mirror Now television channel that NCB officials also asked him to sign nine to ten blank papers.

A senior NCB official has denied the allegations, terming them as ‘completely false and malicious’. The denial is routine in natural attitude of the public servants collusion with the ruling party BJP’s leaders. As it was not NCB that arrested Aryan but it was the BJP leaders who brought Aryan and handed him over to NCB in their office.

It is misleading report by NCB’s Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede earlier this month that led the agency’s alleged ‘drug bust’ on a cruise ship following which Aryan Khan was arrested on October 3. He is currently lodged in the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.

The Pune police recently issued a lookout circular against Kiran Gosavi, another independent witness for the NCB in the cruise drugs case and who has been charged in a 2018 cheating case.

On Sunday, Sail alleged that an NCB officer, Gosavi and another person named Sam D’Souza had demanded Rs 25 crore from Shah Rukh Khan to release his son.

Sail, who claims he is Gosavi’s personal bodyguard and accompanied him on the night of the raid, said after Aryan Khan was brought to the NCB office, Gosavi met D’Souza.

Sail claimed he heard Gosavi telling D’Souza over the phone about a demand of Rs 25 crore and to settle at Rs 18 crore as they “have to give Rs eight crore to Sameer Wankhede”.

The NCB, while stating that Wankhede has categorically denied the allegations, also said that as the matter is sub judice, Sail should have submitted his prayer to the court if he had anything to say, while no witness in such a large dramatic game plan can think against the powerful agency is playing fraud.

Mumbai NCB’s Deputy Director General Mutha Ashok Jain issued a statement on Sunday, saying that he came to know through social media that Sail is a witness in the case.

‘As he (Sail) is a witness in the case and the case is before the honourable court and is sub judice, he needs to submit his prayer to the court rather than through social media if he has anything to say,’ Jain dares to mislead the public further, in twisting case.

In addition, there are certain vigilance-related allegations against certain persons in the affidavit, which are based on overhearing by Prabhakar Sail, it said.

‘Zonal Director of Mumbai NCB Sameer Wankhede has categorically denied these allegations. As some of the contents of the affidavit are related to vigilance matter, he admittedly said that “We are hereby forwarding the affidavit to the Director General NCB and requesting him for further necessary action”.

The public termed the cruise drugs bust case as ‘fake’, and Sail’s claims were “very serious” and the nation demands a probe into it by a Special Investigation Team.

Wankhede was involved in “extortion and terrorising the Mumbai film industry”, and it is necessary that the chief minister and home minister should allow the law not be hijaced by corrupty NCB officials and appoint a SIT probe into Sail’s claims.

Witness in Aryan Khan case made to sign on blank paper by NCB is shocking. There are reports that there was demnd of huge money. CM Uddhav Thackeray is of the opinion that these cases are made to defame Maharashtra. This seems to be coming true. Police should take suo moto cognizance, Chief Minister pointed outr to the Home Minister and the Director General of Police, Maharastra.

Are you hearing Mr. Prime Minister, the modus operendi of your officers in NCB?