A special team of the Narcotics Control Bureau has investigated allegations of extortion in a drug case on a ship where the son of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan Aryan Khan was one of the accused, and left for Delhi on Saturday without registering a statement. An official said witness Prabhakar Seal, who has filed serious charges against Mumbai District Administrator Sameer Wankedi and others.
The five-member team, headed by Deputy General Manager National Commercial Bank (Northern District) Janeshwar Singh, arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday to record data after an order was issued for a departmental vigilance investigation against Wankedi and others following Ciel’s allegations that payment of Rs 25 crore was discussed. Regarding the case for which Rs 8 crore has been allocated to Wankhede.
The official said that the team of the National Commercial Bank recorded, in the past three days, statements of eight people, including Wankedi, and collected some important documents and recordings related to the cruise drug case. However, the team failed to record the statements of Sail and KP Gosavi, another NCB witness in the cruise drug case. Seal, an independent witness in a drug case on a ship, claimed to have heard Gosavi, who was arrested by Pune police in a fraud case on Thursday after he remained on the run, discussing a demand of Rs 25 crore.
Sheraa used to work as a bodyguard for Gosavi, who claims to be a private investigator. Wankedi denied all allegations against him as “baseless” and said he had conducted a fair investigation into the cruise drug case. Central Bank team officials had said that Al-Shiraa was a “critical witness” in the investigation and without his authorization the team would not be able to reach any conclusion.
DDG Gyaneshwar Singh appealed to Sail via the media to come forward to register his statement and provide relevant evidence if any. Singh had also written to Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagril to convey to Seal to present himself before the central bank team on Saturday, but Seal did not attend. The official said that due to the unavailability of the two witnesses – Josavi and Seal – the NCB team left for Delhi.
It was not immediately clear if the NCB team would return to Mumbai again.