A year after the release of Aryan Khan in the drugs-on-cruise case, ex-NCB chief Sameer Wankhede was recently booked by the CBI. The CBI booked Wankhede over an alleged extortion bid of Rs 25 crores for Aryan Khan’s Release. Amid the polarizing views over scrutiny over Wankhede’s actions, the 44-year-old stated that he will “fight till death”, TOI reported.
In a shocking turn of events, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has plunged into action, unmasking a web of corruption surrounding the infamous Cordelia cruise ship “drug bust” case from 2021. The stunning revelation has led to the registration of a corruption case against five individuals, including the once highly regarded former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officer, Sameer Wankhede.
The CBI spokesperson, speaking on Friday, revealed that an FIR had been lodged against Sameer Wankhede, who served as the Zonal Director of NCB’s Mumbai Zone Unit during that time.
The allegations suggest a grievous breach of trust and an audacious demand for a colossal bribe amounting to a staggering Rs 25 crore from the families of those who had been arrested, including none other than Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan Khan.
Shockingly, it is claimed that a token amount of Rs 50 lakh was already obtained as part of this nefarious plot.
The Facts of the Matter
In a scandalous turn of events, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has exposed a web of corruption involving five individuals, including the former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officer Sameer Wankhede.
The case centers around an alleged demand for a staggering bribe amounting to Rs 25 crore from the families of those implicated in the high-profile Cordelia cruise ship “drug bust” case, which famously involved the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan.
Who All Are Under CBI’s Grip?
According to a spokesperson from the CBI, an FIR has been lodged against Sameer Wankhede, the former Zonal Director of NCB (Mumbai Zone Unit), along with Vishwa Vijay Singh, the former Superintendent of NCB, Ashish Ranjan, the former Intelligence Officer of the Mumbai Zonal Unit (NCB), K P Gosavi, and Sanvile D’Souza (an alleged witness), as well as several unidentified individuals.
Wankhede Conspired to Collect Rs 25 Crores
Allegedly, the accused individuals colluded to extort an exorbitant sum of Rs 25 crore from the families of the alleged offenders by leveraging the threat of implicating them in narcotics-related offenses, all purportedly under Wankhede’s instructions as the supervising officer. As an appalling revelation, it is believed that a preliminary bribe of Rs 50 lakh was already obtained as part of this nefarious conspiracy.
In response to these allegations, the CBI carried out extensive searches across 29 locations in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Lucknow, Chennai, and Guwahati.
Sameer Wankhede Reacts
According to a TOI report, when contacted for comment, Sameer Wankhede defiantly declared, “I will fight till death.” “While the media may perceive this as mere news, for me, it is an all-encompassing concern for the safety and security of my beloved family. We have been living under constant threat,” he added.
The Infamous ‘Drugs-on-Cruise’ Case
To recall the incident that sparked this convoluted affair, Sameer Wankhede, an esteemed officer from the 2008 batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), led a team of officers in a high-profile raid on the Cordelia cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai on the fateful night of October 2, 2021.
The NCB, under Wankhede’s guidance, claimed to have seized a significant amount of contraband, including cocaine, mephedrone, marijuana, MDMA pills, and a substantial sum of cash amounting to Rs 1.33 lakh. This operation resulted in the arrest of 17 individuals, including Aryan Khan.