Former NCB Officer Sameer Wankhede is facing a money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after an FIR was lodged against him last year for allegedly demanding a bribe from Shah Rukh Khan to refrain from implicating his son, Aryan Khan, in a drugs case. The FIR, filed by the CBI, accused Wankhede of demanding 25 crore from SRK.
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Reports indicate that Wankhede has been booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Additionally, other NCB officers have been summoned in connection with this case. The CBI had previously booked Wankhede and other officers for criminal conspiracy and extortion, along with provisions related to bribery under the Prevention of Corruption Act, based on a complaint from the NCB in the Aryan Khan drugs case.
Wankhede, once hailed as a hero and referred to as “Singham” by the public, is now facing scrutiny and criticism following the revelations of his alleged demands. According to Live Law, Wankhede has approached the Bombay High Court seeking protection from coercive action in the money laundering case, claiming it to be retaliation for his allegations against a senior NCB officer.
In a setback for Wankhede, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) reportedly closed the case against IPS officer Gyaneshwar Singh, citing no merits in Wankhede’s allegations. The unfolding events have prompted public discourse, with individuals questioning Wankhede’s conduct and the possible political backing behind his actions.
The case involving Aryan Khan, who was arrested by Wankhede over alleged drug possession, sparked intense public scrutiny and debate. Aryan spent approximately a month in jail and was released on Diwali 2021 after his arrest in October of the same year. The unfolding developments have prompted a reevaluation of Wankhede’s previous actions, with the public expressing a range of reactions, from skepticism to condemnation, and highlighting the need for thorough investigation and accountability.