The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has ordered a vigilance probe against zonal director Sameer Wankhede after a witness accused him of asking for Rs 25 crore bribe through another witness in order to release Aryan Khan.
The NCB Deputy Director General Gyaneshwar Singh has said, “I am supervising the inquiry on the allegations (against Sameer Wankhede).” Asked if Wankhede will remain on the post, Singh said. “It is premature to comment. We have just started the inquiry”.
Mumbai NCB officials have submitted a detailed report to the Director-General of NCB on the allegations against the probe agency.
According to sources, DDG Gyaneshwar Singh, who is also the Chief Vigilance Officer of NCB, will be entrusted with the internal investigation of the vigilance probe on Wankhede.
On 26 October, NCB’s Sameer Wankhede will be reaching Delhi NCB headquarters for a review meeting.
Prabhakar Sail (40), a driver of absconding alleged private investigator KP Gosavi, whose selfie with Aryan Khan went viral, claimed that he is a personal bodyguard to Gosavi. In a purported video, Prabhakar claimed that he is “scared of Wankhede” and for his life. He also claimed, in the video, that “his signatures were taken on blank papers by the NCB officials”. “There was discussion of a bribe to Sameer Wankhede…I collected Rs 50 lakh in cash,” Prabhakar said in Marathi.
Prabhakar told media persons that he had overheard Gosavi telling one Sam D’Souza over the phone after Aryan Khan was brought to the NCB office following the 3 October raid on the Goa-bound ship 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 zonal director of NCB.
Prabhakar said that after the raid, Gosavi, accompanied by NCB officials, took Aryan Khan in a white Innova car to the NCB office. Prabhakar stated he and D’souza followed Gosavi in another car. He claimed that D’Souza and Gosavi later went to Lower Parel, where a blue colour Mercedes car carrying Shah Rukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani arrived at a particular spot.
Gosavi and Dadlani sat in that car and started talking. They all left after 15 minutes. Prabhakar claimed that Gosavi last called him on 21 October and told him that he was not in the country. He said he would surrender before the police soon, Prabhakar stated.
Prabhakar, who has prepared a notarised affidavit and claimed to have submitted in court, said that Rs 50 lakh was delivered to Gosavi by two persons, and he later returned Rs 38 lakh.