Aryan Khan bribery case: Bombay HC displeased over revelation of chat between Sameer Wankhede & Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan bribery case: Bombay HC displeased over revelation of chat between Sameer Wankhede & Shah Rukh Khan

"When the matter was subjudice what was the need for circulating the chats," the court asked.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, May 22, 2023, 01:00 PM IST
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Mumbai: Bombay High Court expressed displasure over revelation of chats between former NCB Zonal director Sameer Wankhede and actor Shah Rukh Khan while latter's son Aryan Khan was arrested in alleged drugs bust case.

"When the matter was subjudice what was the need for circulating the chats," the court asked.

Sameer Wankhede's advocate responding to the same said, "I have not gone to the media. I did not share. It (chats) is limited to the petition. What is beyond the petition is not in the media."

NCB claimed Wankhede violated rules by having chats with Shah Rukh Khan

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers said on Sunday that they were examining whether Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Sameer Wankhede had violated conduct rules by engaging in conversations with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan while handling the Cordelia cruise ‘drug bust’ case.

“Yes, it is a violation of conduct rules to engage in conversations with the family or relative of an accused while handling a case. We are examining the matter,” said an NCB officer.

Advocate Taraq Sayed said: “There is no legal impediment for an officer to interact with an accused’s relative. When a person is arrested, his/her relative has to be informed.”

Sameer Wankhede quizzed by CBI on Sunday

Wankhede, the former zonal director of NCB Mumbai, was questioned for more than five hours for the second day in a row on Sunday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the alleged demand for a Rs 25-crore bribe from actor Shah Rukh Khan to not implicate his son Aryan in the drug bust case.

The CBI is probing the assets acquired by Wankhede, his foreign visits, misdeclared expenditure of his foreign travels and the source of his foreign visits.

Wankhede reached the CBI office in the Bandra-Kurla Complex around 10.30am on Sunday. As he entered the office, Wankhede told reporters he had ‘faith in the judiciary’. He was allowed a lunch break during questioning and left the CBI office for the day around 4.30pm.

He did not respond to queries from the media outside the CBI office but only said, “Satyamev Jayate” (truth only triumphs). On Saturday too, the CBI had questioned Wankhede for more than five hours.

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