Zonal Director of NCB’s Mumbai unit Sameer Wankhede has been currently removed from the recent Aryan Khan drug case. Sameer Wankhede will no longer supervise the probe. Not just the Aryan Khan case, the officer has been removed out of the five cases as well.
The official reason being cited for the transfer is that these six cases have “national and international ramifications” and hence, “deeper investigation to find out forward and backward linkages” is required.
an official statement released by the central agency stated, “A special investigation team [SIT] comprising officers from Operations Branch of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Headquarters has been constituted by the Director-General, NCB to take over a total of six cases from NCB Mumbai Zonal Unit. No officers have been removed from their present roles and will continue to assist the Operations Branch investigation as required… It is reiterated that the NCB functions across India as a single integrated agency.”
Responding to this, Sameer Wankhede told, “I’ve not been removed from the investigation. It was my writ petition in court that the matter be probed by a central agency. So Aryan case and Sameer Khan case are being probed by Delhi NCB’s SIT [special investigation team]. It’s a coordination between NCB teams of Delhi and Mumbai.”