NCB denied any wrongdoing, saying would give “a fitting reply”

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NEW DELHI: A witness in the drugs case against megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son, has made shocking claims of pay-offs to Narcotics Control Bureau’s senior officer Sameer Wankhede. Prabhakar Sail said he heard his employer KP Gosavi, the private investigator whose selfie with Aryan Khan went viral speak of a deal where 8 crore has to be paid to Mr Wankhede. The officer has denied any wrongdoing, saying he would give “a fitting reply”.

In an affidavit, Prabhakar Sail who said he is a personal bodyguard of KP Gosavi claimed he was present in a car during a telephonic conversation between him and one Sam D’Souza.

“KP Gosavi was talking to Sam on the phone and stated that you put a bomb (exaggerated demand) of 25 crores and let’s settle at 18 final because we have to give 8 crores to Sameer Wankhede,” the affidavit read.

Minutes later, KP Gosavi, Sam D’Souza and Shah Rukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani, had a 15-minute meeting inside a car, he said. He also said he had received the cash from KP Gosavi and handed it over to Sam D’Souza.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has issued a statement saying that zonal director Sameer Wankhede has denied the allegations made by independent witness, Prabhakar Sail, in the Mumbai cruise drugs case.

As per the witness, Rs 25 crore was demanded on behalf of Sameer Wankhede to let off Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan.

In its statement, the NCB said, “As he is a witness in the case and the case is before the court and sub-judice, he needs to submit his prayer to the court rather than through social media if he has anything to say.”

The press release added, “There are certain vigilance-related allegations against certain persons in the [witness] affidavit which are based on overhearing by Mr Prabhakar. Our zonal director Sameer Wankhede has categorically denied these allegations.”

The witness’ affidavit will be forwarded to the director general of the NCB for “further necessary action”, the statement said.

The NCB said in a statement that Prabhakar Sail being a witness I a case which is sub judice, has to “submit his prayer to the Honourable court rather than through social media”. His affidavit has been forwarded to the Director General Narcotics Control Bureau “for further necessary action”.

Sources in the agency have called the claims ‘baseless’, questioning if money had changed hands, “why would someone be in jail”. Alleging that the claims were made “just to malign the (agency’s) image”, officials said they never met Prabhakar Sail before October 2 and have “no idea about who he is”.

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