Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan’s son, was arrested earlier this month in connection with drugs discovered on a cruise by the Narcotics Control Bureau. It’s been a couple weeks since he and several others were detained. After the special NDPS court denied Aryan Khan’s bail application on October 20, he went to the High Court to file a bail application. Shah Rukh Khan paid his first visit to Arthur Road Jail to see his son on October 21. Following his visit, the Bombay High Court decided to hear the bail application on October 26. As further details emerge, a key witness claims that NCB’s Sameer Wankhede, a middleman, requested Rs. 25 crore from Shah Rukh Khan in exchange for the release of Aryan Khan from the drugs case.
NCB’s independent witness Prabhakar Raghoji Sail said that “NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede and others demanded Rs. 25 crore pay-off from Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to release his son Aryan Khan.” A top NCB officer, on the other hand, dismissed these charges as baseless and spiteful.
Sail has published a video along with a notarized declaration in which he alleges that after NCB detained Aryan Khan following the cruise raid, he overheard KP Gosavi and Sam D’Souza making a phone call to Shah Rukh Khan’s manager in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Furthermore, Sail is said to be Gosavi’s personal bodyguard, and his selfie with Aryan Khan went viral on social media. Gosavi is allegedly absconding amid various fraud cases. According to reports, he is one of the case’s independent witnesses. According to Sail’s affidavit, Gosavi requested Rs. 25 crore from Shah Rukh Khan but settled for Rs. 18 crore in order to free Aryan Khan.
“Out of the total Rs. 18 crores, Rs. 8 crore was meant for Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, while the balance amount was to be shared among them,” Saif claimed in his affidavit, according to the New Indian Express. The meeting was held at Lower Parel, where Shah Rukh Khan’s manager arrived in a blue Mercedes. However, Shah Rukh Khan’s manager did not respond positively.”
He further claimed that while making witnesses in this drug bust case, Sameer Wankhede took his signature on 8 to 10 blank sheets of paper. “I hesitated to sign blank paper, but they insisted and assured me that nothing would happen.” They also took my Aadhaar card, and I was assigned to be Aryan Khan’s first witness. In this instance, my boss, KP Gosavi, was also a witness. KP Gosavi visited Ahmedabad before the cruise party raid, and the same night he came and called him at NCB for this operation,” Sail stated.
NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, who is probing the case, has firmly refuted all of these claims, according to Mutha Ashok Jain IPS, NCB DDG. “Because the issue is before an honourable court and is now pending, Sail should submit his request to the court rather than posting it on social media,” the NCB stated in a statement. “The NCB’s zonal director, Sameer Wankhede, categorically denies these charges.”
In a statement, DDG Mutha Ashok Jain said, “The affidavit has been handed to the director-general of the Narcotics Control Bureau for further necessary action.”
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) apprehended Aryan Khan on October 2, 2021, after raiding a cruise ship. On October 3, he was arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act’s Sections 8(c), 20(b), 27, 28, 29, and 35.