The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday lodged an FIR against Sameer Wankhede, former Mumbai zonal chief of NCB, for allegedly demanding ₹25 crore from Shahrukh Khan’s family to save his son Aryan Khan in the alleged drugs-on-cruise case in October 2021.
After spending four weeks in jail, Aryan, was cleared of all charges by the anti-drugs agency in May 2022 due to “lack of sufficient evidence.”
A top CBI source told news agency IANS that during the raid on the Cordelia cruise, the NCB officials led by Wankhede allegedly threatened the individuals, who were travelling on the cruise, and demanded ₹25 crore from Aryan Khan’s family.
The source said that the case was lodged against Wankhede and four others under corruption and other Acts.
“Out of ₹25 crore, the Khan family had paid ₹50 lakh to the NCB officials. Khan’s family has claimed that they paid ₹50 lakh to save Aryan Khan,” said the source.
When IANS tried to reach out to Wankhede for his comments on the matter, he was not available.
The CBI is raiding more than 29 locations in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi (Jharkhand) and Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh).