The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a corruption case against Sameer Wankhede, former zonal director of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), who led the controversial raid on the Cordelia cruise ship in October 2021 in Mumbai and arrested actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan, among others.
The agency raided the premises of Wankhede and 28 other locations in four cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur and Ranchi belonging to two other public servants and two private persons as part of its probe.
CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) registers a case against former Mumbai NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede and three others in connection with a corruption case related to the Aryan Khan cruise case. The agency raided 29 locations in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi (Jharkhand) and… pic.twitter.com/Dw3CDru57q
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According to people familiar with the development said that the NCB had written to the CBI to investigate Wankhede and others for bribery.
According to Hindustan Times report, Wankhede, who was shunted out of the NCB last year after a special investigation team (SIT) found anomalies in the Cordelia raid and gave a clean chit to Aryan Khan, is currently posted in the office of director general of taxpayers’ services (DGTS) in Chennai.
Wankhede, an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer who has since been transferred from NCB, led a team of officers, including Singh, and some witnesses on the night of October 2, 2021 to raid Cordelia ship at the International Cruise Terminal at Green Gate off the Mumbai coast.
Last week, NCB had removed from service a superintendent of police rank officer – Vishwa Vijay Singh from the agency.