In a development in a Mumbai drug seizure case, a video clip was shared on Sunday by an “independent witness” in the cruise drug case purporting to show fugitive witness KP Gosavi recording an audio of Aryan Khan, the son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, at the NCB office in Mumbai. Mumbai.
Prabhakar Seal, 40, a driver who escaped, claimed an alleged private investigator K.P. Gosavi, whose profile picture with Aryan Khan went viral, that he is Gosavi’s bodyguard. In an alleged video, Prabhakar claimed that NCB officials took his signatures on white papers. “There was a discussion about bribery to Sameer Wankedi… I collected 50,000 rupees in cash,” Prabhakar said in Marathi, and Prabhakar Seal, independent witness, shared the video to the media.
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But the presence of Kunal Jani in the video raised eyebrows in the case. Janie was earlier arrested in a separate drug case and was also seen briefly in the video in the central bank office. Jani is the manager of a prominent restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai.
The video sparked speculation that Janie had something to do with the DEA raid on the cruise ship earlier this month that led to drug seizures and the arrest of Aryan Khan and others.
However, NCB sources told PTI news agency that the agency had arrested Jani in a separate drug case and he was present at her office when Aryan Khan was brought there as his statement (Jani) was also recorded.
Jani was arrested by the Central Bank on September 30 in connection with a drug case where he is also accusing Agisilaos Dimitriadis, brother of actor Arjun Rampal’s partner. Demetriades was accused of running a drug syndicate. Jani was released on bail on October 10.
A look at Janie’s past track record indicates his connection to a series of cases involving celebrities.
The sources of the National Commercial Bank said that Jani’s name appeared for the first time in the case related to the death of actor Susanth Singh Rajput. Enforcement Directorate officials found a chat group featuring Jani and Rhea Chakraborty where drugs are discussed. The agency claimed that although no drugs were found in Jani’s possession, he acted as an intermediary for drug dealers and agents and stole his name while interrogating detainees after Rajput’s death.
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Jani’s name also appeared in the case of Raj Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, where Kundra was a partner in Jani’s hotel. Kundra is accused in a pornographic case, and was released on bail last month. He was also arrested earlier after his name came to light in a money laundering case related to Iqbal Mirchi, which was investigated by the emergency department.
Jani’s name came to light after the Mumbai drug seizure case took a turn on Sunday after Prabhakar Sil claimed that a DEA official had requested Rs 25 crore and other persons, including Gosavi, for the release of Aryan Khan, who was arrested in the case.
Sail told the media that he overheard Gosavi telling a Sam D’Souza over the phone after bringing Aryan Khan to the NCB office after the 3 October raid about asking for Rs 25 crore and “settling for Rs 18 crore as they did. To give Rs eight crore to Samir Wankedi” , the area manager at the National Commercial Bank. However, the National Commercial Bank denied the allegations.