New Delhi: Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) prime witness in the Aryan Khan drug case, Prabhakar Sail, died on Friday (April 1).
He died of a heart attack at his residence in Mahul area of Chembur on Friday, as per his lawyer Tushar Khandare, according to sources.
Mumbai | NCB's panch witness in Cordelia cruise drug case, Prabhakar Sail died yesterday. As per his lawyer Tushar Khandare, he died of a heart attack at his residence in Mahul area of Chembur yesterday.
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Traditionally, panchas were five persons who acted as witnesses during police raids, and are the ones before whom police initiate an investigation. Sail arrived in the limelight after the arrest of Aryan Khan in the Cordelia cruise drug case, for levelling extortion allegations.
Sail’s body will be brought to his home in Andheri on Saturday, at 11 am, where he will be cremated.
Sail was the bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi, the most important referee in the case.
Sail, one of the panch witnesses in the case, had alleged that he overheard K P Gosavi, another witness in the cruise ship raid case, talking to one Sam D’Souza over the phone about a demand of Rs 25 crore including Rs 8 crore for Sameer Wankhede, said the police.
At the time, Sail was provided protection by the city police in the wake of revelations he made in his application.
The case made headlines after the 23-year-old son of the Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was arrested by the NCB on October 3 following a raid on the cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.
The central agency had booked him under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for possession, consumption, sale/purchase of banned drugs and conspiracy and abetment.
He was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on October 28.
The HC had imposed 14 bail conditions on him and his co-accused in the case, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, who was also granted bail.
In the five-page order, the HC said the trio will have to surrender their passports before the NDPS court and shall not leave India without taking permission from the special court and will have to attend the NCB office each Friday between 11 am and 2 pm to mark their presence.