Amid the ongoing investigation in drugs-on-cruise incident, NCB officer Sameer Wankhede submitted his birth certificate after NCP leader Nawab Malik’s ‘Dawood’ accusation. Earlier, NCP’s Nawab Malik had claimed that Sameer Wankhede forged caste certificate to get a job in the Centre run anti-drugs agency. Nawab Malik, who acts as the chief spokesperson of the NCP had released school leaving certificate of Wankhede. In the certificate, Sameer Wankhede’s name was written as ‘Sameer Dawood Wankhede’ and his religion as ‘Muslim’.

For the uninitiated, the Maharashtra cabinet minister has thrown allegations after allegations against Sameer Wankhede.


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Background

As most matters that gain traction in the media, the drugs-on-cruise case’s focus has shifted from the misuse of drugs, to political allegations. The matter has been heavily politicized so far with Nationalist Congress Party’s Nawab Malik alleging that anti-drugs agency’s officer Sameer Wankhede has forged his documents, falsely incriminating celebrities and more.

Meanwhile, the case is still under probe. Earlier this month, the NCB had appointed Sanjay Singh to take over the probe from Sameer Wankhede. Later, NCB officer Wankhede clarified that he himself had insisted the agency to remove him from the investigation.


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The Facts of the Matter

Continuing his onslaught of allegations against NCB officer Sameer Wankhede, Maharashtra cabinet minister Nawab Malik claimed that the NCB officer is a Muslim man. To back his claim, the NCP spokesperson revealed school leaving certificates of Mr. Wankhede. In the certificate, the officer’s name is written as “Sameer Dawood Wankhede”, and his religion is mentioned as “Muslim”.

Meanwhile, the NCB officer’s family refuted all the allegations made by the NCP spokesperson. They shared a computer-generated certificate of birth of BMC wherein the name of his father was Dnyandeo Kachruji Wankhede.

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In a TimesNow report, his wife was quoted saying, “Half info shared by people with evil thoughts to defame Sameer Wankhede. There was an error made. Later this was duly rectified by Mr. DNYANDEV with all legal formalities and procedures in 1989. All the documents were accepted and verified by the school principal then and now too.”

Wankhede’s family also shared a school leaving certificate in which his name is written as Wankhede Sameer Dyandev and his caste is mentioned as ‘Mahar’.


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Nawab Malik Refutes to Claims Made by Wankhede Camp

However, Nawab Malik, who has been the most vocal opposition to Wankhede refuted the claims made by the NCB officer’s camp. He claimed that Wankhede has been forging certificates and been producing them. He also added that he had submitted all the documents to the Mumbai High Court.

Sameer Wankhede Submits Documents to High Court

To curb any further allegations, Sameer Wankhede submitted documents to the Mumbai High Court’s bench of Justice Madhav Jamdar. This includes BMC’s Public Health Officer letter, school leaving certificate, and admission documents to the St. Joseph’s High School.

What Do the Documents Tell?

The letter to Public Health Officer by BMC had complete details of Wankhede’s birth. It showed that back in 1979 senior Wankhede’s name was wrongfully written as Dawood K Wankhede. It was only in 1993 that the name was corrected to Dnyandev.

“Call me Anything Else but Dawood”: Sameer Wankhede

In the court, Advocate Arshad Shaikh, who represents Wankhede, claimed that Sameer’s father had realized the mistake made in the birth certificate and had gone on to have it rectified. He also reiterated that Malik must not be called Dawood as the name was corrected to Dyandev.

Representing Wankhede, Advocate Arshad Shah reiterated his client’s demand – “Call me anything else but Dawood.”