NCB seizes valuables worth ₹36 lakh from the house of Surinder Kalra, wanted in an international drug syndicate run by drug lord Akshay Chhabra. Kalra and his son are also facing charges of operating a hawala racket. Chhabra has escaped to Dubai.
Khat has been gaining demand in local drug circuits, leading to its supply at a high price in illicit drug markets. The seized parcels, containing 2.98 kg and 3.96 kg of Khat leaves, were intercepted at the Foreign Post Office (FPO) in Mumbai
The Mumbai zonal unit of the NCB has seized contraband, including drugs and illicitly-diverted medicines, and arrested four people in multiple operations. The seized drugs include 1.84 kg of Alprazolam and 9,696 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup. The NCB has disrupted several drug trafficking networks with international and interstate linkages.
Former Mumbai zonal director of NCB, Sameer Wankhede, submitted an affidavit in Bombay High Court supporting his petition to quash the FIR filed against him by CBI. Wankhede cited a CAT order stating that the FIR is based on an allegedly unsustainable report by the NCB's Special Enquiry Team. The CBI FIR accuses Wankhede of demanding a bribe from actor Shah Rukh Khan. Wankhede's affidavit argues that the case against him is an abuse of the process of law and should be quashed.