Sameer Wankhede, the previous anti-drugs officer who arrested Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in 2021, immediately used alleged chats with the Bollywood megastar in his defence, citing his purported description of him as an “upright officer”.
The Bombay Excessive Courtroom granted a reprieve to the previous Narcotics Management Bureau officer and stayed his arrest until June 8, but in addition reprimanded Sameer Wankhede for the leak of the alleged WhatsApp chats between him and Shah Rukh Khan.
The CBI mentioned Mr Wankhede intentionally leaked Shah Rukh Khan’s chats to a bit of the media and that might have an effect on the investigation of the case. The officer might additionally affect the investigation and tamper with the proof, the company mentioned.
Mr Wankhede’s lawyer argued that he didn’t leak any chat to the media, that these have been part of his petition and have been added as a result of he had been accused of extorting the star to free his son.
Although Mr Wankhede had been accused of demanding cash, “Shah Rukh Khan himself is looking him an upright officer”, the lawyer argued.
In accordance with the screenshot cited by the previous anti-drugs officer, SRK had written to him: “God bless you. I’ve to return personally everytime you say and provides a hug to you. Let me please know every time it is handy for you. Actually I’ve all the time had the very best regard on your uprightness and now it has elevated manifolds. Massive respect. Love srk.”
Ednbox can not confirm the authenticity of the alleged chats, nor has Shah Rukh Khan’s authorized staff responded to the leaked messages.
The CBI mentioned the chat was no proof of Mr Wankhede’s innocence. Since Shah Rukh Khan’s son was arrested, he was asking the officer about him, the investigating company identified.
The Excessive Courtroom mentioned in its order that Mr Wankhede must cooperate with the investigation and seem earlier than the CBI every time wanted.
The officer can not share any data associated to the case or communicate to the media, the court docket mentioned.
Because the then zonal director of the Narcotics Management Bureau in Mumbai, Mr Wankhede arrested Aryan Khan on October 3, 2021, following a medicine raid on a cruise social gathering. Final week, he submitted within the Bombay Excessive Courtroom screenshots of alleged chats during which Shah Rukh Khan appeared to beg him to free Aryan Khan as “he’ll break as a human being”.
Aryan Khan was launched after almost a month in jail. Mr Wankhede is now accused by the CBI of allegedly demanding Rs 25 crore bribe from SRK to not implicate Aryan Khan.