Aryan case: NCB witness' bribe allegations sparks off Maha political storm

Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS): Spelling huge embarrassment for the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), an affidavit by one of its "independent witnesses" alleging threats and bribe ignited a political storm in Maharashtra on Sunday and raised questions on the agency's credibility.

Shiv Sena MP and chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut tweeted on Sunday that the claims by NCB witness, Prabhakar Sail, are "shocking".

"It is shocking that the witness in the case was made to sign on blank papers by the NCB. Also, there are allegations of demands for huge money," he said.

Raut urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and state Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil to direct the police to take suo-moto cognisance and initiate investigation in the matter.

Hitting out the Centre for targeting the Maha Vikas Aghadi government through central probe agencies, NCP state President and Minister Jayant Patil said: "It is satisfying to note how the truth of the NCB case is now unfolding before the public.

NCP national spokesperson and Minister Nawab Malik called for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the entire issue including the ship raid in which several youngsters like Aryan Khan were nabbed.

Addressing the media, he said: "I have been saying from day one that the entire raids were a sham to malign the MVA government and demoralise Bollywood. I will personally meet the CM and the HM to demand a probe by an SIT into this matter."

Congress state President Nana Patole said that the new evidence like demands of Rs 25 crore bribe to release Aryan Khan, has raised "big questions on the role of NCB" and sought a high-level enquiry into the matter.

State Congress spokesperson Atul Londhe termed Sail's revelations as "a very serious matter and a clear case of misuse of central agencies" to target the MVA government.

"Sail's allegations have substantiated our party's stand that the Centre is abusing the central investigation agencies to target opposition-ruled states, particularly the Congress. I request the Supreme Court to take note of this," he said.

Since the past few weeks, Malik has been conducting a series of exposes on the NCB and Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede and their alleged involvement of outsiders and BJP activists in the raid.

He accused Wankhede of going to Dubai, Maldives and extorting money and "terrorising" the Hindi film industry.

Although Wankhede has denied the allegations including his sojourns abroad, the NCB issued a statement confirming he had gone to Maldives with his family after proper official clearances.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari had shot off a petition to Supreme Court Chief Justice N. V. Ramana last week, demanding a probe by a top court judge into the anti-drug agency's affairs and protect the fundamental rights of Aryan Khan.

Similarly, former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi had slammed the NCB, for making Aryan Khan "pay the price for being a star kid".



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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    right from day one....everyone knew that changu and mangu are trying to take revenge on Shah Rukh Khan....

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  • Agee, Indian-UAE

    Sun, Oct 24 2021

    Target was SRK as he is close to Mamata Banerjee....... What big deal in 2 or 3 drugs when alcohols is permitted...... In my opinion little more quantity of alcohol can also lead to disaster.... We have useless institutions where justice is far apart or wrong people in right institutions.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sun, Oct 24 2021

    Why do shiv sena supporting bollywood and drug links. Do they support same way if some ordinary citizens caught and sent to jail? Why special treatment for star kid? These corruption allegations are baseless

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  • Harish Hegde, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Madam Sri Devi elder, Karkala, So go to court and prove it that "These corruption allegations are baseless" .... Why the hell you are not asking for investigation or commenting about 3,000 kilograms of heroin which was seized from two containers at Gujarat's Mundra port, which is run by the Adani Group???

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  • Daddy, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    nikleg kakkare bud ed bete dala gottijji....clear case of abuse of power by central govt..und yeddeg att....jab upar walay ki laathi padti hai to achay achay ke hosh thikane ajate hain..

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  • Ida, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 24 2021

    They found d drugs in ship....but why allowed drug to move without checking entire ship??

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Sun, Oct 24 2021

    This news is true.......culture of corruption and pushing minorities into well continues.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Oct 24 2021

    Now SIT is investigating NCB and people are questioning credibility of NCB, not that SIT is any better. This never happened during 70 years of congress rule. BJP’s circus is out in the open with extra zing. What a loss for BJP, Rs 25 crore gone and bad publicity just before elections. No care for PM CARES Fund. Don’t Care.

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  • Lance, Mangalore/Canada

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Hope SC will takeup ..this case over and punish the guilty and send them to the same jail.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    The moment they declared that CAG cannot audit the PM CARE FUND.... It was clear that it's a fraud....The biggest ever fraud on earth in the name of Pandemic.... People know from within their heart very well that funding to any government bodies will be always foolishness as the amount fully doesn't reach to the purpose to which it was announced... Most of the money goes to the pockets of Babu's or their Party...... Big businessmen and corporate mostly pay with pressure.... They know that if they don't donate then they will face problems in coming days, be it in the form of raids, or work will be delayed if government nod is required etc etc.... Bhakt's fooled others to donate and they knew that it will got to their party and it's parent organization.....

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