HomeNATIONSameer Wankhede hits back at Malik after sister-in-law charge

Sameer Wankhede hits back at Malik after sister-in-law charge

In a fresh attack on NCB’s Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Monday asked if the officer’s sister-in-law was involved in “drug business” and claimed a case against her was pending in a Pune court.

Malik has levelled a series of allegations against Wankhede. On Sunday, he alleged Wankhede was part of a plot to “kidnap” actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan, for ransom. Aryan was among those arrested following NCB’s raid on a cruise ship last month.

In a tweet, Malik on Monday shared “proof” where Redkar is listed under “Respondent and Advocate” in a 2008 case registered under the Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. “Sameer Dawood Wankhede, is your sister-in-law Harshada Dinanath Redkar involved in the drug business? You must answer because her case is pending before the Pune court. Here is the proof,” Malik tweeted.

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However, an official from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said Wankhede was not even in service when the alleged case took place.

“Good work, dear friend, by circulating the name of a woman. In fact, when we issue a press release, we don’t share the names of women to protect their dignity,” Sameer Wankhede said.

“Is it appropriate to name a woman openly like this who has two kids and a family? Contemplating legal action against Nawab Malik,” Wankhede further said.

Following Malik’s allegation, social media posts claimed that the woman — said to be from Goregaon suburb in Mumbai — was previously arrested in a case and jailed in Pune, again in 2008 in another case along with two other accused, and has now allegedly changed her identity.

(With inputs from agencies)

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