NCB Gyaneshwar Singh Removed From Vigilance Probe Against Wankhede

NCB Gyaneshwar Singh Removed From Vigilance Probe Against Wankhede

The 1999 Himachal cadre IPS and NCB Deputy Director General (DDG) Gyaneshwar Singh was removed as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) by the Ministry of Home Affairs after the government accepted resignation of another NCB DDG, Orissa Cadre IPS.

Dharmesh ThakkarUpdated: Saturday, April 20, 2024, 08:54 AM IST
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Another controversial Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official in the Cordelia Cruise drug bust case involving Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan got the marching orders on Friday morning. The 1999 Himachal cadre IPS and NCB Deputy Director General (DDG) Gyaneshwar Singh was removed as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) by the Ministry of Home Affairs after the government accepted resignation of another NCB DDG, Orissa Cadre IPS.

Sanjay Kumar Singh for voluntary retirement. Both the NCB officers had given clean chit to Aryan Khan in Cordelia Cruise drug case.

According to top NCB officials, the NCB CVO Gyaneshwar Singh was replaced by another IPS Neeraj Kumar Gupta after complaints of dereliction of duty and misconduct were received by the federal anti narcotics agency. “A complaint about NCB CVO stay at ITC Narmada Ahmedabad last March was investigated and some officers on deputation were repatriated back to their respective organisation. A part time CVO for three months has been appointed to further investigate the complaints,” confirmed senior NCB official.

Last October the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) had dismissed the review petition filed by Deputy Director General (DDG) Gyaneshwar Singh heading Special Enquiry Team (SET) of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in controversial CBI FIR against Indian Revenue Service officer and former NCB Zonal Director, Sameer Wankhede.

The SET report, based on which the CBI initiated the FIR against Wankhede, was declared unlawful and adverse remarks were passed against Gyaneshwar Singh by the CAT.

Singh headed the vigilance enquiry into allegations made by a witness against NCB Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede of extortion to frame Aryan Khan in drug case.

He had recently submitted a 3000-page internal vigilance report to then NCB director general Satya Narayan Pradhan alleging several irregularities in the investigation led by Sameer Wankhede and recommended departmental action against at least seven NCB officers including Mumbai Zonal Director.

Sameer Wankhede declined to comment stating his plea was pending with the appropriate authorities and civil courts.

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