‘Faced with the prospect of arrest, Narcotics Control Bureau officer, Sameer Wankhede, has sensationally written to Mumbai Police pleading for the protection from ‘precipitate legal action.’ The extraordinary letter by Wankhede came hours after an independent witness in the Aryan Khan’s arrest case alleged payoff of Rs. 8 crores to the former. Wankhede has denied the allegations.
Addressing Mumbai Police Commissioner, Wankhede wrote, “I am Sameer D Wankhede, IRS (2008 Batch) presently working as Zonal Director, NCB Mumbai since 31th August 2020. It has come to my notice that some precipitate legal action for framing me falsely is being planned by unknown persons in relation to alleged vigilance related issue.”
He added, “This is to bring your notice that the Deputy Director General (SWR) Sh. Mutha Ashok Jain, IPS has already referred the said matter to the Director General, NCB for necessary action.
“It is also brought to your notice that threat of jail and dismissal have been issued against the undersigned on public media by highly respectable public functionaries.”
Wankhede concluded his letter by requesting the Mumbai Police Commissioner to ‘kindly ensure that no such precipitate legal action is carried out to frame the undersigned falsely with ulterior motives.’
Sameer Wankhede seeks protection from precipitate legal action by unknown against him. He has written a letter to Mumbai Police Commissioner. pic.twitter.com/rtx1cI2dp6
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Earlier, an NCB witness, identified as Prabhakar Sail, dropped a bombshell by accusing Wankhede of extortion in the Aryan Khan’s arrest case. In his affidavit, Sail alleged how KP Gosavi, whose selfie with Aryan Khan had gone viral, had spoken about collection ransom with an intention to pay Rs. 8 crore to Wankhede. Gosavi has since then been absconding, particularly after the Maharashtra Police issued a lookout notice against him.
Taking note of the affidavit from Sail, who reportedly worked as Gosavi’s bodyguard, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut asked the police to take note of the new revelation. Raut, whose party is running the government in Maharashtra in alliance with the Congress and the NCP, said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s fear that the case was a ploy to malign the image of the state was coming true.