Sameer Wankhede, Former Anti-Drugs Official, Accused of Bribery and Possessing Disproportionate Assets in NCB Report

The Narcotics Control Bureau’s report suggests that Sameer Wankhede, the former anti-drugs official responsible for arresting Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan’s son, in a drug case, took numerous trips abroad with his family and possessed extensive property disproportionate to his income. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) based their First Information Report on this report, obtained by NDTV, accusing Wankhede and others of demanding a ₹ 25 crore bribe from Shah Rukh Khan’s family, threatening to otherwise implicate Aryan Khan in the alleged drug bust.

According to the NCB’s vigilance department report, Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant’s names were added at the last minute while other suspects’ names were removed. Despite recovering rolling paper from one suspect during the raid, she was released, the report states.

The report highlights a series of custody lapses involving Aryan Khan, suggesting that Sameer Wankhede intentionally compromised the situation to allow independent witness Kiran Gosavi in the Mumbai cruise raid to engage in misconduct and violate Central Civil Services laws.

CCTV footage from the NCB office obtained by a probe team had become corrupt. The submitted DVR and hard copy from the night Aryan Khan was brought to the NCB office by the Mumbai team differed, according to the report.

The report also notes that between 2017 and 2021, Sameer Wankhede took six trips abroad with his family to countries such as the UK, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and the Maldives, totaling 55 days. However, he claims to have spent only ₹ 8.75 lakh, barely covering airfare costs.

The report lists several expensive watches and properties owned by Wankhede that are disproportionate to his known income sources. This includes a Rolex watch sold to him at a significantly reduced price, four flats in Mumbai, and 41,688 acres of land in Washim.

Wankhede stated that he spent ₹ 82.8 lakh on a fifth flat in Goregaon valued at ₹ 2.45 crore. The report also mentions a ₹ 1.25 crore flat bought by him and his wife before their marriage, with the source of funds remaining unclear.

Wankhede and his wife’s Income Tax returns reveal an annual income of ₹ 45,61,460, which does not account for their foreign trips and other assets.

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