An FIR was filed against IRS officer and former zonal director of Mumbai NCB Sameer Wankhede for forgery in Mumbai’s Thane for allegedly obtaining a license for a hotel by willful misrepresentation of his age, said the Kopri police on Sunday.
The FIR was filed on Saturday night on the complaint of State Excise Department official Shankar Gogavale who alleged that Wankhede was below 18 years of age in 1996-97 while obtaining a license for Sadguru Bar in the city.
Thane collector has issued an order to cancel the licence of the bar.
As per the FIR, the former zonal NCB director was not eligible to do these agreements but he claimed to be a major on a Stamp paper in his agreement deed for Sadguru Hotel of Thane. The FIR is filed with Kopari Police Station in Thane for sections related to forgery, cheating, giving false information on oath and others.
Initially, NCP leader Nawab Malik had made allegations that Sameer Wankhede owned a bar in Navi Mumbai for which he got a license as an under age. Nawab Malik had claimed that Sameer Wankhede was 17-year-old when he received the licence for the bar in Hotel Sadguru in Navi Mumbai.
An initial investigation by the local excise office also revealed that on the day Sameer Wankhede was granted a licence for a bar and restaurant on 27 October 1997, he was only 17, way below the stipulated age of 21.
After the complaint, regular hearings were held by the state excise department and Sameer Wankhede’s lawyers had put forth their side.
The bar’s license was cancelled earlier this month.
After the findings of the investigations , an FIR has been filed by the Excise Dept with the police under various sections – 181, 188, 420, 465, 478, 481 of the IPC.