Sameer Wankhede, who has been probing the cruise drugs case in which Aryan Khan (son of actor Shah Rukh Kahn) was arrested, has been removed from the investigating team.
The development comes after allegations of ₹8-crore payoff and extortion related to the high-profile case.
“Total six cases of our zone will now be investigated by Delhi teams (of NCB), including Aryan Khan’s case and five other cases. It is an administrative decision,” Mutha Ashok Jain, Deputy DG, South-Western Region, NCB, said.
According to reports, a special team, headed by senior police officer Sanjay Singh, will take over the Aryan Khan case.
Jain said a team of Delhi NCB is arriving in Mumbai on Saturday to probe the six cases from the zone, including the Aryan Khan cruise drugs case.
Interestingly, Wankhede refuted reports that he has been removed from the investigation in the Aryan case. He said the new move is about coordination between NCB teams of Mumbai and Delhi.
“I’ve not been removed from the investigation. I am still the zonal director of NCB. It was my writ petition in court that the matter be probed by a central agency. So Aryan Khan and Sameer Khan case (involving Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik’s son-in-law) are now being probed by Delhi NCB’s SIT,” he told ANI.