Last Update: May 19, 2023, 20:15 IST
While the Bombay High Court (HC) on Friday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) not to take any “coercive action” till May 22 against Sameer Wankhede, former zonal director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the Cordelia Cruz ‘drug bust’ case. instructed. In this case, media reports claimed that the petition filed by the officer in the High Court contained portions of his alleged WhatsApp conversation with actor Shah Rukh Khan, in which Shah Rukh Khan was allegedly “pleading for relief for his son Aryan”. putting”.
The authenticity of these chats could not be independently verified by News18.
According to media reports, in chats dated from October 3, 2021 to October 15, 2021, Wankhede reportedly claimed that Khan “as a father” begged him to “send his son home” because his “The soul will perish”. The officer reportedly replied that he wanted to “look at the children in a corrective perspective”.
Wankhede claimed that these purported chats prove that the claims of extortion are false.
Wankhede, along with his officers VV Singh and Ashish Ranjan and two other citizens who acted as arbitrators, have been accused of demanding a bribe of Rs 25 crore from Khan for not implicating Aryan in the case. The deal was later fixed for Rs 18 crore and a bribe of Rs 50 lakh was taken, the CBI claimed. The officer has moved the HC seeking quashing of the First Information Report (FIR) filed by the CBI. The FIR is based on the report of the Special Investigation Team (SET).
The CBI had on Thursday called Wankhede for questioning in Mumbai in connection with the case, but he did not appear before the agency. Wankhede, who is now an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, has said that he is “honest” and that “this is a personal attack on him”.