Former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede, who was in controversy over the arrest of Aryan, son of actor Shahrukh Khan in the Mumbai drugs case, has been transferred. Recently, NCB had filed a charge sheet in the drugs case, in which Aryan Khan was given a clean chit. There was a lot of humiliation in the department about this. The transfer of Sameer Wankhede, who was the zonal director of NCB in Mumbai at the time of Aryan’s arrest, is believed to be the result of that.
Indian Revenue Service officer Sameer Wankhede has now been posted as DG Taxpayer Service in Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in Chennai. Till now he was Additional Commissioner in the Office of the Director General of Analytics and Risk Management in Mumbai. His departure from NCB has already happened. Wankhede’s 4-month tenure in NCB has been completed on 31 December 2021. After that he was not given an extension.
Last year, the NCB had filed a chargesheet in the court in connection with the seizure of drugs from Cruise in Mumbai, saying there was “lack of sufficient evidence” against Aryan Khan and five others. NCB DG SN Pradhan had to give a statement after sharp criticism. He had admitted that Sameer Wankhede and his team had made a mistake in this matter. Action will be taken against the officials who do not conduct proper investigation and do not follow the procedure. After this, the central government last week ordered action against Wankhede, who was the zonal director of NCB in Mumbai. The government had asked the competent authorities to take appropriate action against Cruz for his alleged “shoddy” investigation into the drug recovery case.
Sameer Wankhede and his team raided Cordelia Cruises in Mumbai on October 3 last year and showed the seizure of heavy drugs. In this case 22 people including Aryan Khan were arrested. Regarding the investigation of this matter, Nawab Malik, a minister in the Maharashtra government, had raised many questions on Sameer. On October 28, the Bombay High Court, while granting bail to Aryan, said that the NCB is building a case by relying only on WhatsApp messages, which is not right in such a serious case. Later, there were allegations of corruption on Sameer, after which the NCB formed an SIT to investigate. On November 6 last year, the NCB removed Wankhede from the investigation of the case.