Narcotics Control Bureau Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, who is investigating the cruise ship drug case in which Aryan Khan was arrested, has alleged that he is being followed and spied on by Mumbai police officials, NDTV reported.
According to the report, Wankhede met the Maharashtra police chief, along with senior NCB officer Mutha Jain, to complain that his movements are being tracked by the Mumbai police. The report further quotes sources saying two persons, claiming to be police officers, had accessed CCTV footage from the cemetery where Wankhede’s mother is buried and which the NCB director thus visits regularly.
Wankhede reportedly refused to comment on the issue, citing that it is “very serious.”
Jain, meanwhile, told reporters, “Whatever you people are asking is already in papers. We have already spoken to Maharashtra cops… I don’t want to make any more comments.”
Wankhede has been part of several high-profile raids in the past, including the ones conducted after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. On October 2, he and other NCB officials raided a cruise ship based on a tip-off. Among the several arrests made in connection to this case, is that of Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan and producer Gauri Khan.
Recently, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Nawab Malik had alleged that the cruise ship raid was ‘fake’. He further said that ever since the death of Rajput, the NCB has targeted the Hindi film industry and the state of Maharashtra.
In January, Wankhede had arrested Malik’s son-in-law in a drug case from Bandra.
Meanwhile, Aryan Khan’s bail hearing is set to happen on Wednesday. He will remain lodged in Arthur Road jail until then. Along with Khan, the bail applications of four other accused – Arbaaz Merchant, Mohak Jaswal, Nupur Satija, and Munmun Dhamecha – will also be heard the same day.
So far, the NCB has arrested 20 people in connection with the case.