Mumbai NCB officer's wife files plaint over screenshots of chats shared by Nawab Malik

Kranti Redkar, the wife of NCB officer Sameer Wankhede, claimed that the screenshots of certain chats shared by Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik were fake.
Kranti Redkar addressed a press conference and wrote a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray regarding the allegations levelled against her husband Sameer Wankhede. (File photo / PTI)
Kranti Redkar addressed a press conference and wrote a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray regarding the allegations levelled against her husband Sameer Wankhede. (File photo / PTI)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 07:03 PM IST
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By | Written by Avik Roy, New Delhi

Kranti Redkar Wankhede, the wife of Narcotics Control Bureau's Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, filed an online complaint with the Mumbai Police on Tuesday over the screenshots of some WhatsApp chats tweeted by Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik.

In her complaint, Redkar claimed that a fake Twitter handle has been created with her photo to publish “fake” chat conversations. 

“The screenshot of the said fake chat has been tweeted by Nawab Malik from his Twitter handle without verifying,” news agency ANI quoted Redkar as writing in her complaint.

Earlier in the day, Nawab Malik took to Twitter to share the purported conversation between a handle claiming to be Kranti Redkar Wankhede's and one ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’, in which the two were talking about alleged links between the minister and India's most-wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.

Soon after, Kranti Redkar Wankhede posted the screenshots on Twitter and claimed they were ‘fake’. 

Malik is at loggerheads with Sameer Wankhede and his family ever since the NCB conducted a raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on October 2, and detained several people, including Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan, and his friend Arbaaz Seth Merchant, for allegedly possessing drugs. 

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Malik levelled allegations of corruption and extortion against the NCB officer Sameer Wankhede and even claimed that he forged his caste documents to get the job. The minister posted photos of Wankhede's previous marriage with Shabana Quraishi to claim he is a Muslim by faith but falsely showed himself as belonging to Scheduled Castes to secure the job as an IRS officer. 

Wankhede has repeatedly denied the claims and released caste certificates of several of his family members, showing they are Mahars, a Scheduled Caste.

Sameer Wankhede's father, Dnyandev, moved the Bombay high court urging the court to restrain the Maharashtra minister from posting defamatory statements against him and his family on social media. However, the high court on Monday refused to impose a blanket ban on Malik from making public statements or posting tweets seemingly targetting the NCB officer.

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