Nawab Malik Speaks about Special 26

Mumbai : NCP Spokesperson and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik attacks recklessly on Narcotics Control Bureau on Monday. The probes in Aryan Khan case continued this morning too. He said that Sameer Wankhede, the officer spearheading the investigation, “did not follow proper rules” in 26 cases.

Showing a letter sent to him by an unnamed NCB employee, Malik said that Wankhede had been was “brought to the NCB by Home Minister Amit Shah and ex-CBI officer Rakesh Asthana”. “There are 26 cases mentioned in the letter and in these 26 cases Sameer Wankhede didn’t follow proper rules while investigating the matter,” he said.

Wankhede, however, says that the claims made by Malik “false and malicious.” “It’s his right… he can put forth his opinion,” Mr Wankhede said, referring to the Maharashtra minister.

Earlier, in cryptic tweets, Mr Malik said he has “received an envelope from an unnamed NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) official”, adding that he will soon be revealing the details. “Envelope of the letter received by me from an unnamed NCB official. Contents of which I will be releasing soon on Twitter. (sic),” his tweet read. Crime drama ‘Special 26’, a 2013 Bollywood movie starring Akshay Kumar, found a mention in one of his posts.

Nawab Malik citing the letter, claims that has earned a lot of money from actresses like Deepika Padukone. “Often, the drug seizure is shown to be higher than what it’s to exaggerate his achievements.”

Malik has alleged collusion between the NCB and the BJP leaders in the drugs-on-cruise case in which Aryan Khan, superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son, has been identified as the accused number 1.

Malik said the NCB is “hiding” behind the case of his son-in-law who was arrested in a drugs case, portraying his criticism of the agency as a case of “personal vendetta”.

“This allegation is baseless. They were shielding behind the case of my son-in-law. Nine months ago, he was arrested by Wankhede (NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede). I said I have full trust in the Indian judiciary. Nobody is above the law. On 27th of the last month, he was granted bail,” Mr Malik told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

Sameer Wankhede is the officer leading the investigation in the Aryan Khan case. Allegations of payoffs by a witness in the case – linked to Mr Wankhede – surfaced on Sunday. However, the anti-drugs agency has backed him, saying he has an “impeccable record”.


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