After a short break, the NCP Chief Spokesman and Maharashtra Minority Affair Minister Nawab Malik on Sunday revived the attack against the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and zonal director Sameer Wankhede for its farjiwada (wrongdoings). He claimed that some influential BJP leaders from the state are actively lobbying with the Union Home Ministry for the extension of Wankhede despite negative reports prepared by the agency’s vigilance committee and SIT.
Malik said Wankhede’s tenure at the NCB has expired on December 31 but he is informally spreading news in the press and media that he is going on leave for three months and he is deliberately saying that he does not want an extension. ‘’Let them do that. After the order is issued, we will seek information under the RTI and expose the manner in which it has been done,” he added.
‘’Wankhede continued his wrongdoings despite a series of exposes by me and they are still trying to trap innocent people. After the October 2 cruise drug bust case, I exposed many wrongdoings of NCB, but that these frauds of NCB are still going on,” he claimed.
Malik clarified that the Bombay High Court in the defamation case filed by Wankhede’s father Gnyandev Wankhede has not restrained him from revealing NCB’s wrongdoings. He released two audiotapes in which the NCB officer purportedly asks witnesses to give their backdated signatures in one case registered in June 2021 in which the panchanama was already carried out.
Demanding a probe by the DG NCB, Malik said he will continue to expose wrongdoings of NCB in future too despite attempts to scare him.
Malik alleged that a PR agency has been deployed to carry out a misinformation campaign against him. He demanded that the DG NCB should release the reports on investigation done by its vigilance committee and special investigation team into Wankhede’s wrongdoings involving extortion, ransom and registration of fake cases.
The tenure of Wankhede ended on December 31, but it is understood that he will continue in the post till further orders. The IRS officer came into the limelight after arresting Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in connection with a drug case.
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