Prime News, National (Mumbai), Oct 29:- NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede will not be arrested without giving him three days’ notice after he moved the court seeking protection, the Mumbai Police assured the Bombay High Court on Thursday. Wankhede filed a petition and sought an urgent hearing, saying he feared arrest by police over allegations of extortion against him in the case related to an alleged drug bust on a cruise ship involving actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan khan. His lawyer and senior advocate Atul Nanda mentioned the petition before a bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and S V Kotwal, seeking interim protection from arrest.
Wankhede was a senior officer of the Narcotics Control Bureau and not a “drug peddler”, the lawyer said.
Besides a direction to police not to arrest him, the petition sought that the allegations against him be probed by an independent agency such as the Central Bureau of Investigation or National Investigating Agency.
Wankhede feared that the Mumbai Police’s probe against him was likely to be biased and unfair, it said. He was a “decorated officer” of the NCB who was being subjected to “public vilification” following Aryan Khan’s arrest, the petition said.
“Ever since the said investigation (into Khan’s case) has commenced, the Petitioner has been systematically been made the target of public vilification and private harassment by vested interests using the powerful medium of persons holding public office in the very Government of the day,” it said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).