Ananya Panday has been summoned by the Drug Enforcement Agency (NCB) for the third consecutive day, and speculation that more Bollywood celebrities may also be summoned as part of an ongoing investigation into the Aryan Khan drug case.
Last year, NCB also quizzed actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, Simone Khambatta, and celebrity manager Shruti Modi in connection with the Bollywood drugs probe. Jaya Saha about her chat with actor Namrata Shirodkar, Haarsh Limbachiyaa, Bharti Singh Karishma Prakash, has also been questioned by the NCB. But there was no conclusion drawn. All these big actors and actresses were summoned, investigated and forgotten. No one knows the motive behind these probes and also what is the outcome of these investigations? They just wanted to harass these actors or extract money? How much money NCB made?
A witness of the Narcotics Control Bureau in the cruise ship case – in which Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is arrested – has made claims of payoffs to agency officer Sameer Wankhede. Mr Wankhede has told the Mumbai police that he is being framed. In an affidavit, Prabhakar Sail, who claims to be a personal bodyguard to KP Gosavi, claimed he heard a conversation between him and one Sam D’Souza on October 3 about a ₹ 18 crore deal. KP Gosavi, the alleged private investigator who has gone missing, said they will have to give Rs. 8 crores to Sameer Wankhede, Sail said.
That evening, KP Gosavi, Sam D’Souza and Pooja Dadlani, megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s manager, had a 15-minute meeting inside a car, read the affidavit by Prabhakar Sail, who is one of the nine witnesses the NCB named in the case. Prabhakar Sail also said following KP Gosavi’s instructions, he received two bags of cash and handed them to Sam D’Souza. The bags contained ₹ 38 lakh, he said. In the affidavit, Prabhakar Sail also said he was present at the cruise ship’s boarding area and was asked to identify some of the people boardings. After the anti-drugs agency took them to its office, he was made to sign some blank papers.
NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede has written to the Mumbai Police chief complaining about “precipitate legal action” to “frame” him. “It has also brought to your notice that threats of jail and dismissal have been issued against the undersigned on public media by highly respectable public functionaries,” the letter added.
KP Gosavi, allegedly a private investigator, was apparently present during the cruise ship raid and later at the NCB office with Aryan Khan. His selfie with Aryan Khan had gone viral. While the NCB claimed he is an independent witness, his presence at the two places has raised questions about the investigation.
Journalist Vipin Gaur said, “The way Sameer Wankhede has targeted celebrity after celebrity it shows, he has not done anything except Sensationalism. He is not Serious et all. His Making Money from high profile cases. Certainly not a man of character. Should have been investigated and booked by now.”