Mumbai police started preliminary inquiry on allegations by Prabhakar Sail, an independent witness in the cruise ship drugs case. The police recorded Sail’s statement on late Tuesday evening. Sail had alleged that that Rs 25 crore was demanded by a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official and others from Shah Rukh Khan, to let off his son Aryan Khan from the drugs case.
Sail is likely to be summoned by the NCB vigilance team day after tomorrow, as per sources.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, who accused NCB’s zonal director Sameer Wankhede of “forging” his birth certificate with a different name and illegally tapping phones, met with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday. CM Thackeray reportedly expressed concern that “the Hindi film industry was being targeted”.
Following Sail’s allegation, Wankhede requested Mumbai police commissioner to ensure no legal action is falsely carried out against him based on “ulterior motives”.
Sail in his allegations named KP Gosavi, for whom he was working as a personal bodyguard. Gosavi is one of the nine independent witnesses in the drugs bust case. Pune police had recently issued a lookout circular against him in connection with a 2018 cheating case registered in the city.
He had told media persons on Sunday that he had overheard Gosavi telling one Sam D’Souza over the phone after Aryan Khan was brought to the NCB office following the October 3 raid on the Goa-bound ship about a demand of Rs 25 crore and to settle at Rs 18 crore as they “have to give Rs eight crore to Sameer Wankhede”. Gosavi on Monday told CNN-News18 he would surrender soon as there is a threat to his life.