Cast Scrutiny Committee ended all speculation by giving a clean chit to former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede.
Mumbai: The Cast Scrutiny Committee ended all speculation by giving a clean chit to former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede in the caste certificate case.
The committee, in his 91-page order, after taking down submissions from each side, decided that Wankhede was not a Muslim by birth.
The committee also concluded that Sameer Wankhede and his father, Dyaneshwar Wankhede, never declared their intention to leave Hinduism and embraced Islam.
The father-son duo belong to the Mahar-37 Scheduled Caste that is recognised in the Hindu religion.
Wankhede took to Twitter soon after the development and wrote, “Satyameva Jayate.”
“All my life I have worked for the service of the propeller, but what hurt me was the fact that my family and dead mother were also not spared,” the former NCB officer said.
The committee rejected the complaint made by former Maharashtra cabinet minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik and others like Manoj Sansare, Ashok Kamble, and Sanjay Kamble, regarding the caste certificate of Sameer Wankhede.
The matter was highlighted last year when Wankhede was heading the Narcotic Control Bureau in Mumbai. He alleged that Malik, the cabinet minister at that time, raised the issue of his caste certificate to take revenge as his team that arrested Malik’s son-in-law in a drug case.
All the controversies came into force due to the allegations levelled in the Drug Cruise case of 2021, in which actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was involved, and also gave more fuel to the anti-Wankhede tirade.
The allegation against Wankhede was that he was born a Muslim and tied the knot with a Muslim woman as per the Islamic rituals.