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NCB to launch vigilance probe against Sameer Wankhede over bribery charges

Mumbai : The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has ordered a vigilance probe against zonal director Sameer Wankhede after a witness accused him of asking for Rs 25 crore bribe through another witness in order to release Aryan Khan.

The NCB Deputy Director General Gyaneshwar Singh has said, “I am supervising the inquiry on the allegations (against Sameer Wankhede).” Asked if Wankhede will remain on the post, Singh said, “It is premature to comment. We have just started the inquiry”.

Mumbai NCB officials have submitted a detailed report to the Director-General of NCB on the allegations against the probe agency.

According to sources, DDG Gyaneshwar Singh, who is also the Chief Vigilance Officer of NCB, will be entrusted with the internal investigation of the vigilance probe on Wankhede.

Sameer Wankhede will be reaching the Delhi NCB headquarters for a review meeting on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Prabhakar Sail, the independent witness in the Mumbai cruise drugs case, arrived at the Mumbai police commissioner’s office on Monday to meet senior security officials. On Sunday, he claimed that Rs 25 crore was demanded by an NCB official to let off Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in the case.

Sail visited the police commissioner’s office apparently in connection with his security concern. He reached the commissioner’s office premises at around 11.20 am and met Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Milind Bharambhe.

On Sunday, Sail told media persons that he feared a threat to his life and had claimed he could be harmed.

Sail, the ‘independent witness’, had claimed that Rs 25 crore was demanded by an official of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and other persons, including absconding witness K P Gosavi, to let off Aryan Khan in the cruise drugs case.

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