Floating yet another conspiracy theory, Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik has called the cruise drugs case a conspiracy by BJP to move “Bollywood out of Mumbai”, mentioning in the context the recent meetings of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with film personalities over the setting up of a film city in Noida.
“The Mumbai cruise drugs case is nothing but BJP’s bid to move Bollywood out of Maharashtra. It is a conspiracy by BJP to defame Bollywood,” Nawab Malik said while addressing a press conference.
In a fresh salvo at Sameer Wankhede, Nawab Malik said the NCB officer moved the Bombay High Court seeking protection from arrest as he was “afraid”.
“The situation has completely changed. The man (Kiran Gosavi) who was dragging Aryan Khan to the NCB office is now behind bars. The man who was doing everything to ensure that Aryan Khan and others are not given bail, was knocking on the court’s door yesterday,” Nawab Malik said.
Kiran Gosavi, an independent witness in the drugs case, was arrested by Pune Police on Wednesday night in connection with a 2018 cheating case. Gosavi’s selfie with Aryan Khan went viral after the NCB raid on the Goa-bound cruise ship on October 3.
“Sameer Wankhede approached the Bombay High Court requesting a restraining order against Mumbai police from arresting him. He had approached Mumbai police last week requesting protection. He must have done something really wrong and that is why he is afraid of action against him,” Nawab Malik further said.
Sameer Wankhede, the NCB’s Mumbai zonal director, is investigating the alleged drug bust case involving Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan. The Bombay HC granted bail to Aryan Khan and his two co-accused on Thursday.
The Mumbai Police has assured the HC that it would not arrest Wankhede without giving him three days’ notice. The Mumbai Police is probing allegations of extortion against Sameer Wankhede.
Nawab Malik also said Sameer Wankhede let off certain people in the drugs case. “It is not a personal fight. All my charges are backed by evidence. Wankhede tried to muzzle my voice,” Malik said.