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Sameer Wankhede appears before CBI office in Cruise drug case


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Mumbai: Sameer Wankhede, former Mumbai zonal director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)office in Mumbai in response to a direction issued by Bombay high court directing him to remain present today in the central agency office, as part of its probe into the October 2021 Cordelia cruise drug bust in which actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan was arrested.

However, the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer is unlikely to be arrested soon, as the CBI on Friday assured the vacation bench of the Bombay High Court comprising Justices Sharmila U Deshmukh and Arif S Doctor that the central agency will not take any coercive action against Wankhede till May 22..

Notably, CBI had last week registered a corruption case against Wankhede, Vishwa Vijay Singh, then NCB superintendent, and Ashish Ranjan, then intelligence officer of the NCB’s Mumbai zonal unit, as well as private individuals K P Gosavi, Sanville D’Souza, and unknown persons under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.


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