The CBI on Saturday questioned former Mumbai NCB chief Sameer Wankhede for greater than 5 hours in a case during which he’s accused of demanding a Rs 25 crore bribe from famous person Shah Rukh Khan for not implicating his son Aryan within the Cordelia cruise ‘drug bust’ case, an official mentioned.
MR Wankhede reached the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) workplace in Bandra-Kurla Complicated (BKC) round 10.15 am.
Speaking to media individuals whereas coming into the company workplace, Wankhede simply mentioned “Satyamev Jayate” (fact alone triumphs). He did not communicate to media individuals whereas leaving the workplace.
The Indian Income Service (IRS) officer was given a lunch break for round half-hour at round 2 pm. He returned to the CBI workplace and joined the investigation. He left for the day at round 4:30 pm, the official mentioned.
It was his first look earlier than the company after the case was registered towards him, the official mentioned.
The CBI had summoned the previous Mumbai Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) zonal director for questioning on Thursday in reference to the case, however he didn’t seem that day.
The central company booked Mr Wankhede and 4 others on Could 11 for alleged prison conspiracy and menace of extortion, moreover underneath provisions pertaining to bribery underneath the Prevention of Corruption Act on a criticism by the NCB.
On Friday, Mr Wankhede obtained a reduction from the Bombay Excessive Court docket which directed the CBI to not take any “coercive motion”, reminiscent of arrest, towards him until Could 22.
Searching for quashing of FIR, Mr Wankhede alleged earlier than the Excessive Court docket that the “draft criticism” within the 2021 drugs-on-cruise case named Aryan Khan as an accused, however it was later changed and Aryan’s identify was dropped.
Amongst different issues, his petition additionally offered transcriptions of telephone chats with Shah Rukh Khan through the interval Aryan was in NCB custody. It cited Khan as pleading with Mr Wankhede to be form to his son and praising the officer for his “uprightness” Aryan was arrested by the NCB on October 3, 2021, following the alleged drug seizure on board the Cordelia cruise ship. He was granted bail by the excessive court docket three weeks later because the anti-drugs company didn’t substantiate its expenses towards him.
The CBI alleged that the NCB’s Mumbai zone had obtained info in October 2021 concerning the consumption and possession of narcotic substances by varied people on the cruise ship, and a few NCB officers conspired to get bribes from the accused in return for letting them off.
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