Digging out drug rackets involving Mumbai’s high-profile personalities, including Bollywood celebrities, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) carried out night-long raids on 13 January after the agency arrested NCP leader and Maharashtra Cabinet minister Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan on yesterday.
The NCB summoned Sameer to the agency office at Ballard Estate in south Mumbai for questioning. After several hours of grilling the relative of the influential politician, the agency took him into custody.
The NCB initiated the probe after WhatsApp chats of Bollywood celebrities surfaced soon after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death on 14 June. The agency has questioned a number of Bollywood celebrities and arrested dozens of drug suppliers.
Sameer was summoned by the NCB after an alleged online transaction of Rs 20,000 between him and one of the accused was found. NCB on 9 January seized 200 kg of marijuana and arrested British national Karan Sejnani from Khar and two sisters Rahila and Shaista Furniturewala from Bandra. The transaction was between Khan and Sejnani, though NCB officials have not revealed the nature of the transaction.
On 12 January, Ramkumar Tiwari, one of the owners of Mucchad Panwala shop, a famous pan shop frequented by Bollywood celebrities, was arrested. His brother Jaishankar Tewari, who is actually known as Muchhad panwala, was interrogated by the NCB officials. Their names cropped up in connection with Sejnani. Ramkumar Tiwari, however, has got bail.
Commenting on the development, NCB Zone Director Sameer Wankhede in a statement said the arrest of Khan followed his detailed interrogation the whole day.
In the follow-up operation, huge stash of imported strains of drug was recovered from the residence of one Karan Sajnani at Khar.
Sajnani, along with two other sisters, Rahila Furniturewala and Shaista Furniturewala, and Ramkumar Tiwari of Muchhad Paanwala, were arrested under the provisions of the NDPS Act and produced in the court.
During their investigations, the role of Sameer Khan, a resident of Bandra, came to light. After questioning him, the NCB arrested him too.
Wankhede said that follow up action and investigation are underway.