NCB complains being followed by Mumbai Police, top officers hold talks

NCB’s zonal director Sameer Wankhede has reportedly alleged that he was being spied upon.
File photo of NCB's zonal director Sameer Wankhede. (PTI)
File photo of NCB's zonal director Sameer Wankhede. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 10:29 PM IST
Copy Link | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday met senior officials of the Mumbai Police to lodge a complaint about being followed by personnel of the department over the past few days.

A report in NDTV said NCB’s zonal director Sameer Wankhede has now alleged that he was being spied upon. The report further cited sources saying Wankhede and senior officer Mutha Jain met the Maharashtra police chief during the day over the issue.

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Another article said Wankhede also submitted CCTV footage to police as evidence of being tracked. 

The latest development came in the wake of Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCB) leader Nawab Malik alleging that the NCB was acting in a biased manner in the Mumbai cruise rave party case in which Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan has been arrested and is currently in jail.

Malik has said the NCB had let off a relative of a BJP leader while coming heavily on some others. He further said the anti-narcotics cell of the Mumbai Police should conduct an independent investigation into the case. "I will write to CM also. If required, an inquiry commission should be set up to probe the raids,” he added.

Also read | Cruise drug raid: NCB's Sameer Wankhede says would try to take case to logical end

The NCB had conducted a raid on a Goa-bound cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai and claimed to have recovered drugs from some persons, following which it detained some persons, including Aryan Khan and some others. So far, the agency has arrested 20 people in the case.

Earlier in the day, a special court in Mumbai said it would hear the bail application of Aryan on October 13 and directed the NCB to file its reply on that date.

Besides Aryan, four other accused in the case - Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sateja, and Mohak Jaiswal - have also filed bail pleas in the special court.

While Aryan's lawyer has claimed the 23-year-old was innocent and was being falsely implicated in the case, the federal agency has said "shocking and incriminating" material was recovered in WhatsApp chats of the Bollywood star's son and two others who were among the nine people arrested in connection with the seizure of banned drugs showed international drug trafficking which needs to be probed.


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