Sushant Singh Rajput case: HC grants relief to Sameer Wankhede till April 10 in NCB probe into irregularities in drugs case |


The Bombay High Court on Monday said no coercive action will be taken against IRS officer Sameer Wankhede till April 10, according to notices sent to it on BCNpreliminary investigation into irregularities in a drug case related to actor Sushant Singh RajputDeath.
He Narcotics Control Office (NCB) launched the preliminary investigation against Wankhede in connection with the drug case related to the death of Rajput and another case of arrest of a Nigerian national for drug possession, investigated by Wankhede after receiving anonymous complaints of irregularities during the investigation.
After Rajput's tragic death at his Mumbai residence in June 2020, the NCB launched an investigation into alleged drug use in the film industry. The agency later filed a case for alleged drug possession, consumption and financing against Rajput's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and 33 others. From November 2023 to March 2024, the NCB issued eight notices to Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Wankhede. ordering him to appear before the agency's deputy director general Sanjay Singhwho is directing the preliminary investigation.
Wankhede filed a petition before the HC last week challenging the probe and the notices sent to him, alleging that he was being targeted and that the probe was an “act of revenge”.
A division bench headed by Justice Revati Mohite Dere on Monday directed the NCB to respond to the petition by April 10.
The court said till then no coercive action will be taken against Wankhede.
Wankhede's lawyer Rajiv Chavan told the HC that Singh cannot lead the investigation against Wankhede.
“While investigating these cases, including the one related to Sushant Singh Rajput, Wankhede, who at that time was the zonal director of the agency's western region, used to take approval from Singh, who was his senior officer. Therefore, now Singh cannot lead this investigation,” Chaván stated.
“Whatever action Wankhede took in both cases was after approval from Singh and other senior officers,” he added.
NCB advocate Manisha Jagtap said Wankhede cannot choose which officer will conduct the investigation against him.

Wankhede in his plea also stated that the NCB cannot initiate such investigations based on anonymous complaints.
The petition further said that in the drug case filed after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the complaint against Wankhede was allegedly filed by actor Sapna Pabbi, who, in fact, is listed as a wanted accused in the chargesheet filed in the case.
“Relying on allegations made by a wanted accused is nothing short of scandalous and a desperate attempt by the NCB to legitimize an anonymous complaint fabricated solely for the purpose of harming the petitioner (Wankhde) in mind, body and reputation.” “, it is alleged in the pleading. saying.
Wankhede, an IRS officer from the Customs and Excise group in 2008, was also booked by the Central Research Office (CBI) in May last year charged with extortion and bribery for allegedly soliciting Rs 25 million to avoid incriminating actor Shah Rukh Khan's son. Aria Khan in a cruise ship drug bust case.
Later, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also filed a money laundering case against him.
Wankhede had filed a complaint before the HC against both the cases and was granted interim protection against any coercive action.

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