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Bombay HC to hear Sameer Wankhede's plea seeking quashing of CBI case against him

08 June,2023 09:33 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

Sameer Wankhede moved the HC last month seeking to quash the case and also sought interim protection from any coercive action

Sameer Wankhede.

On Thursday, the Bombay High Court will hear a petition filed by Narcotics Control Bureau's former Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede seeking to quash the CBI's case of extortion and bribery lodged against him, reported the PTI.

According to PTI, the case of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is that Wankhede and others accused had allegedly demanded Rs 25 crore bribe from actor Shah Rukh Khan for not framing his son Aryan Khan following alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship.

Wankhede moved the HC last month seeking to quash the case and also sought interim protection from any coercive action.

A vacation bench of then HC had then granted interim protection from arrest to Wankhede till June 8 and directed him to cooperate with the investigation.

The CBI in its affidavit filed last week sought for the protection to be recalled, saying it had a prima facie case against Wankhede.

A division bench of Justices A S Gadkari and S G Dige will on Thursday hear Wankhede's plea.

Wankhede and the other accused in the case have been booked under charges of criminal conspiracy and extortion threats under the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act pertaining to bribery.

Earlier in May, Sameer Wankhede on revealed alleged chats between him and bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, in his petition moved before Bombay High Court seeking relief and cross FIR against NCB Deputy Director-General Gyaneshwar Singh who has conducted vigilance probe against him. Sameer Wankhede, an IRS officer, filed a plea in the Bombay High Court regarding the alleged ₹25 crore extortion case related to the arrest of Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan's son, in 2021. Wankhede claimed that the actions taken by the CBI against him are an act of retaliation.

Aryan Khan and several others were arrested in October 2021 for alleged possession, consumption and trafficking of drugs.

Later, Aryan Khan was granted bail by the high court after spending three weeks in jail.

The NCB subsequently filed its chargesheet, but did not name Aryan as an accused in the case citing lack of evidence.

The anti-drugs agency had then set up a special enquiry team to carry out an inquiry into the case and against its own officers.

(With PTI inputs)

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