Former Mumbai NCB chief Sameer Wankhede was questioned for greater than 5 hours on Sunday by the CBI, which is investigating an alleged Rs 25 crore bribe demand from actor Shah Rukh Khan for not implicating his son Aryan within the Cordelia cruise ‘drug bust’ case, information company PTI reported citing an official.
Wankhede, an Indian Income Service (IRS) officer, arrived on the CBI workplace within the Bandra-Kurla Advanced at round 10.30 AM, the official stated. Wankhede advised reporters as he entered the workplace that he has “religion within the judiciary”.
He was given a lunch break throughout questioning, in accordance with the official, who added that Wankhede left the CBI workplace for the day round 4.30 PM. Wankhede didn’t reply to questions from reporters ready outdoors the CBI workplace, as a substitute saying, “Satyamev Jayate” (fact at all times triumphs).
Wankhede was additionally questioned by the CBI for greater than 5 hours on Saturday. Wankhede and his members of the family visited the Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, after leaving the CBI workplace round 4.30 PM on Saturday.
On the idea of a criticism from the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB), the central company arrested Wankhede and 4 others on Could 11 for alleged prison conspiracy and extortion threats, in addition to bribery provisions below the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The Bombay Excessive Courtroom granted Wankhede aid on Friday, ordering the CBI to not take any “coercive motion” in opposition to him till Could 22.
Wankhede claimed in courtroom that the “draft criticism” within the 2021 drugs-on-cruise case named Aryan Khan as an accused, but it surely was later changed and Aryan’s identify was dropped.
The NCB arrested Aryan Khan on October 3, 2021, following an alleged drug seizure on the Cordelia cruise ship right here. Three weeks later, the excessive courtroom granted him bail after the anti-drug company didn’t substantiate its prices in opposition to him.
The CBI claimed that the NCB’s Mumbai zone acquired info in October 2021 about varied people on the cruise ship consuming and possessing narcotic substances and that some NCB officers conspired to get bribes from the accused in change for letting them go.
Wankhede had denied the allegations levelled in opposition to him. His HC petition included transcriptions of cellphone conversations with Shah Rukh Khan whereas Aryan was in NCB custody. In line with the report, Khan pleaded with Wankhede to be type to his son and praised the officer for his “uprightness”.