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‘Falsehood Doesn’t Seem To Stop’: Maharashtra Minister Targets Probe Body

Nawab Malik’s son-in-law was arrested in a medication case final 12 months. (File picture)


Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Sunday fired a recent salvo on the Narcotics Control Bureau, alleging that an NCB officer referred to as a ‘panch’ to signal back-dated panchnama papers in a case.

Mr Malik’s feedback got here days after the NCB approached the Bombay High Court to cancel the bail granted to his son-in-law in a medication case.

When contacted, an NCB official refuted Nawab Malik’s allegations and termed them as “false and baseless”.

Addressing reporters, Mr Malik additionally launched two audio clips – one among a dialog purportedly between an NCB officer calling a panch (witness) ‘Maddy’ to signal back-dated papers associated to a case.

Another audio was of a cellphone name purportedly between the panch and NCB’s Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, whose tenure with the central anti-drugs company ended on December 31.

“The NCB’s falsehood doesn’t seem to stop…the way officers have made bogus cases by getting signatures from witnesses on blank papers, implicating people in false cases. And now, to set the cases right, they are calling the panchs to sign on back-dated panchnama papers,” Mr Malik stated.

“I am going to approach a court in this matter,” the NCP spokesperson stated.

Nawab Malik stated his son-in-law Sameer Khan — arrested in a medication case final 12 months and later launched on bail — was being singled out to place stress on him, however he’ll proceed to “expose the falsehood” of NCB officers.

“The agency has the right to appeal in a higher court if they are not satisfied with the order, but appeals are pending in (actor) Rhea and Showik Chakraborty’s case (a drugs case linked to death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput). It would have been better had the papers (pertaining to Sameer Khan’s case) come (in public domain) from court,” he stated.

“But, the way PR agencies circulated unsigned papers of the NCB reflects malafide intention behind this,” the minister claimed.

Nawab Malik, with out taking any title, additionally claimed {that a} “very senior BJP leader” within the state has been lobbying with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for Wankhede’s extension within the central company in Mumbai.

When contacted, an NCB official stated the individual ‘Maddy’, who’s speaking to an NCB officer (within the audio clip), is among the witnesses in a case.

“At the time of filing a charge sheet, we call such witnesses. There is nothing like signing (back-dated) papers or any other documents. Whatever allegations the minister is making are false and baseless. We have not threatened anyone for anything,” the official added.

Mr Malik had earlier focused the NCB, notably Wankhede, a number of occasions after Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested in a cruise medicine case in October 2021. Aryan Khan was later launched on bail.

The minister had dubbed the NCB’s raid on the cruise ship in addition to the case as “fake”.

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