Narcotics Control Bureau’s Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede has made a stunning confession on his first wife, Dr. Shabana Qureshi, after Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik made the former’s birth certificate public. The birth certificate shared by Malik had shown the NCB’s officer’s name as ‘Sameer Dawood Wankhede. Malik had later tweeted a photo of Wankhede from his first marriage.
Moments later, the controversial NCB officer issued a press statement confirming that he was married to one Dr. Shabana Qureshi in the past. He also said that his mother was Muslim with her name being Late. Mrs. Zaheeda. The birth certificate shared by the Maharashtra minister too had Wankhede’s mother’s name listed as ‘Mrs. Zahida Begum Bano.’
Wankhede said in his statement, “In this context, I would like to express that my father Sh. Dnyandev Kachruji Wankhede retired as Senior Police Inspector of State Excise Department, Pune on 30.06.2007. My father is a Hindu and my mother Late Mrs. Zaheeda was a Muslim.”
I belong to multi religious and secular family. My father is a Hindu and my mother was a Muslim. Publishing of my personal documents on Twitter is defamatory and invasion of my family privacy. Pained by slanderous attacks by Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik: Sameer Wankhede, NCB pic.twitter.com/L0VZKHIZ8p
— ANI (@ANI) October 25, 2021
Responding to allegations that he was married to a Muslim lady in the past, Wankhede wrote, “Further, I married Dr. Shabana Qureshi in 2006 in a civil marriage ceremony under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. Both of as divorced mutually through Civil Court under the Special Marriage Act in the year 2016. Later in the year 2017, I married Shrimati Kranti Dinanath Redkar.”
He concluded by saying, “The publishing of my personal documents on Twitter is defamatory in nature and unnecessary invasion of my family privacy. It is intended to malign me, my family, my father and my late mother. The series of acts of Hon’ble Minister over the past few days have put me and my family under tremendous mental and emotional pressure. I am pained by the nature of personal, defamatory and slanderous attacks by Hon’ble Minister without any justification.”
Wankhede had earlier written an extraordinary letter to the Mumbai Police desperately asking them to not take any legal action against him in view of the affidavit filed by an NCB witness in the Aryan Khan arrest case. The witness, Prabhakar Sail, had alleged the exchange of extortion money to the tune of Rs. crore.