Bombay High Court extends interim relief on plea of former Mumbai NCB Regional Director Sameer Wankhede
Mumbai: Former NCB Regional Director Sameer Wankhede, surrounded by allegations of demanding a bribe of Rs 25 crore, got relief from the Bombay High Court today. The High Court on Monday extended till June 8 the interim protection granted to former Regional Director of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Sameer Wankhede, accused of demanding a bribe of Rs 25 crore from Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan.
The next hearing related to Sameer Wankhede will now be held on June 8. According to this interim order of the court, the CBI cannot arrest Sameer Wankhede till June 8. Wankhede is alleged to have sought a bribe from the actor for not implicating Shah Rukh’s son Aryan Khan in a drug seizure case. The Bombay High Court said, the CBI has to file its reply by June 3.
The court also told the petitioner NCB’s former regional director Sameer Wankhede that during this time Sameer Wankhede cannot talk to the media or share any kind of documents with the media nor tamper with any evidence. The Bombay High Court also said that whenever the CBI calls Sameer Wankhede for questioning, he will have to appear before the investigating agency.
Let us tell you that on Saturday and Sunday, the CBI allegedly demanded Rs 25 crore from Sameer Wankhede for not including the name of Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in the drug case. He was interrogated for five hours on the allegation of demanding a bribe of Rs.
Let us tell you that Wankhede had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court requesting the cancellation of the CBI FIR lodged against him on the charges of extortion and bribery. On Friday, the High Court gave relief to Wankhede and directed the CBI not to take any coercive action like arrest against him till May 22.
Aryan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, was arrested on October 3, 2021 in a raid by NCB. But the NCB had failed to present sufficient evidence in favor of the allegations against Aryan, after which the Bombay High Court granted him bail three weeks later.
The CBI had alleged that the NCB, Mumbai zone had received information in October 2021 about possession and consumption of narcotics by some persons, following which some of its (NCB) officers had accepted a bribe to release the accused. Conspiracy to ask (ANI-PTI)