MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday disposed off NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede’s petition seeking relief from probe into ‘extortion claims’ after the Maharashtra government’s lawyer assured the Court that three days notice will be given before arrest by Mumbai police.
Wankhede had demanded that a central investing agency like CBI probe the matter. Maharashtra government lawyer told Bombay High Court that there are 4 different complaints against Sameer Wankhede. An ACP-level officer is heading the enquiry which has just begun. We have not registered any FIR against Wankhede yet so the application is at premature stage.
The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Thursday that it will not arrest NCB’s zonal director Sameer Wankhede without giving him a prior notice of three working days, in connection with the allegations of extortion and corruption levelled against him.
Wankhede also moved the Bombay High Court on Thursday, seeking interim protection from arrest or any coercive action against him.
He sought an urgent hearing of his plea challenging the Mumbai police’s decision to form a four-member team to investigate the allegations of extortion and corruption against him, in the aftermath of the cruise drugs case in which actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested.
The Maharashtra government initially opposed the plea but subsequently, chief public prosecutor Aruna Pai assured the court that it will give prior notice of arrest to Wankhede.
“We assure the court that three working days’ notice will be given (to Wankhede) before arrest by Mumbai Police,” Pai said.