India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a corruption case against Sameer Wankhede, a former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) director, and other two officers who arrested Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in a drug bust on a cruise ship in 2021. Wankhede is accused of demanding a INR 250 million bribe to not file charges against Aryan.
According to the Times of India, the CBI carried out a nearly 13-hour raid at the officer’s residence on Friday, taking with them several documents and a printer.
Aryan Khan’s case
The NCB was informed about the alleged existence of banned drugs and substance abuse aboard a cruise ship travelling from Mumbai to Goa on October 2, 2021. During the raid, the bureau arrested several people, including the Pathan actor’s son. He remained in custody for 28 days but was granted bail on October 28 due to lack of strong evidence against him.
Seven months after he was first arrested, the 24-year-old was cleared of all charges by the NCB.
CBI files corruption case against Wankhede
Wankhede has been booked under sections 7, 7A, and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, and sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 388 (extortion by threat) of the Indian Penal Code.
The case has been registered against three officers and raids are underway at over 30 locations in Delhi, Mumbai, Ranchi, Lucknow, Guwahati and Chennai.