CBI charges Aryan Khan case officer Sameer Wankhede with corruption

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In relation to the 2021 ‘drugs on cruise’ case where he arrested Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, the Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a corruption case against former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede.

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Former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede, who had arrested Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in a drugs case two years ago, has been charged with corruption by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The agency filed the case on Friday and has booked Wankhede under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, including Sections 7, 7A, and 12, as well as Sections 120 B and 388 of the IPC. The charges include criminal conspiracy and extortion by threat.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has launched raids in multiple cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Ranchi, Lucknow, Guwahati, and Chennai, as it investigates a corruption case involving three public servants, including former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede.

The case pertains to allegations that Wankhede and others demanded a bribe of Rs 25 crore in exchange for not framing Aryan Khan in a drug bust case. The CBI launched a preliminary inquiry on the basis of a vigilance report, which found that Wankhede, an Indian Revenue Service officer, had amassed assets through corrupt means.

In October 2021, former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede led a team that raided the Cordelia cruise at the Mumbai International Cruise Terminal and arrested Aryan Khan and several others. Initially, charges of drug possession, consumption, and trafficking were filed against them. Aryan Khan was kept in jail for 22 days, but the NCB gave him a clean chit in May 2022 due to a “lack of sufficient evidence.”

However, a separate vigilance inquiry was conducted due to allegations of high-handedness against the NCB team and Wankhede. Following the inquiry, Wankhede was transferred to the DG Taxpayer Service Directorate in Chennai.

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