Sameer Wankhede
Sameer Wankhede. File photo.

Ex-NCB officer Sameer Wankhede not a Muslim by birth: Caste panel

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A caste scrutiny committee has given a chit to former Mumbai zonal director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Sameer Wankhede, who was being probed for allegedly submitting a fake caste certificate for getting a government job.

The order was issued by the Social Justice Department of the Maharashtra government on Friday (August 12), an official said.

Wankhede, an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, was not a Muslim by birth and it has been proven that he belongs to Mahar caste, which is a Scheduled Caste (SC), as per the three-member panel’s order.

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The issue of Wankhede’s caste was raised by former Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik.

Applications were filed by the complainants, including political leader Manoj Sansare, Ashok Kamble and Sanjay Kamble, against Wankhede.

Mumbai district caste certificate verification committee examined the complaints and passed an order on the same on Friday.

The order says that it was not proven that Wankhede and his father Dnyandev Wankhede renounced Hinduism and duly converted to Islam.

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“Sameer and his father Dnyandev Wankhede renounced Hinduism and converted to Islam. It does not prove that the conversion has been done properly,” the order stated.

It is proven that Wankhede and his father-in-law belong to the Scheduled Caste that is Mahar-37. Complaints filed by Nawab Malik and others regarding the caste claim of Wankhede and regarding the religion of the caste certificate are not substantiated, following which complaints are being rejected due to lack of the facts in the complaint, the order said.

“The complaint filed by Manoj Sansare, Ashok Kamble, Sanjay Kamble and Nawab Malik regarding Wankhede’s caste claim/caste certificate/religion are not substantiated and their complaint is being rejected as it lacks facts,” it said.

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Wankhede had come to limelight following the high-profile October, 2021 raids by the NCB on a Mumbai cruise after which the agency had arrested Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, and 19 others and claimed to have seized some narcotics too. The NCB had later given a clean chit to Aryan Khan.

(With Agency inputs)

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