Former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi will represent Aryan Khan in his Bombay High Court appearance today. Aryan has been denied bail twice.
At the same time, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has ordered a vigilance inquiry into the claims made by a witness in the cruise drugs case of an extortion bid of Rs 25 crore by some agency officials, including its Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, and others for letting off accused Aryan Khan.
The vigilance inquiry will be conducted by Gyaneshwar Singh, the NCB deputy director general (DDG) of northern region. Singh is also the chief vigilance officer (CVO) of the federal anti-narcotics agency.
Wankhede landed in the national capital late on Monday night. He told reporters outside the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport that he has come to Delhi for “some work” and has “not been summoned”.
Dismissing all allegations against him as “baseless”, he said he conducted a fair probe in the cruise drugs case and that he stands by it 100 per cent.
Prabhakar Sail, an independent witness in the cruise drugs case, had on Sunday claimed in an affidavit and in subsequent interactions with reporters in Mumbai that Rs 25 crore was demanded by an NCB official and some other people linked to the case to let off Aryan from this investigation.
Sail said he was the bodyguard of another witness in this case, K.P. Gosavi, who is absconding after the NCB raids, which were conducted on October 3 at the cruise terminal on Mumbai’s coast leading to the arrest of as many as 20 people, including Aryan.
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