Mumbai: As the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has lately conducted several raids, including on some high-profile people, Maharashtra minister and NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik on Thursday accused the anti-drugs agency of “malafide intentions” and of framing his son-in-law Sameer Khan and two others in a drug peddling case in January and delaying the process for their bail.
Addressing a press conference, Mr Malik also said that his son-in-law Sameer Khan, who was recently granted bail in a drugs case after nine months, will move the high court to seek quashing of charges levelled against him by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
Malik alleged the NCB showed 200 kg herbal tobacco as ganja and produced photographs of seizures taken at its office. He added the NCB found nothing in the raids conducted at Khan’s office. Malik said wrong information of seizure of 200-kg ganja was given to the media. He accused NCB of selectively leaking information involving big names for cheap publicity.
However, when contacted for response on allegations levelled by Malik, NCB’s Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede told media that the case is before a court.
“We respect the court and we don’t talk about the matter which is sub-judice,” Mr Wankhede said.
Aryan Khan was arrested by the NCB in January this year in an alleged drug case. He got bail last month.
Apart from the recent drugs bust onboard a cruise liner off the Mumbai coast, that led to the arrest of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, Wankhede last year investigated a drug case linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and several other matters related to narcotics involving high-profile people.
Mr Malik last week alleged that the NCB’s raid on the cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on October 2 was “fake”, and no narcotic drugs were found during it.
On Wednesday, the minister alleged that the “NCB has malafide intentions and is involved in only selective leaks to frame people”.
He also said that his security was beefed up after he started getting “threats” when he raised doubts over the NCB’s investigations. On Wednesday, the minister alleged that the “NCB has malafide intentions and is involved in only selective leaks to frame people”.
Referring to the bail order issued by an NDPS court in connection with the case involving his son-in-law Sameer Khan, Mr Malik said there was “no prima facie evidence of a drug syndicate”.
It is surprising that an agency like the NCB cannot differentiate between drugs which fall under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and tobacco-related items, the NCP leader said.
“It (NCB) said ganja was seized (in the case involving Sameer Khan), but there was none. I just had to make things clear today after the bail order, since the BJP was targeting me over my son-in-law when I raised issues about the NCB”s fake case of the cruise drug party,” the NCP leader said.
Mr Malik also claimed his family faced trauma and stigma due to the NCB.