Mumbai : Son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, on Friday appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) here, in connection with the cruise drugs case.
Aryan was arrested on October 3, after NCB conducted a raid on Goa-bound Cordelia cruise off the Mumbai coast and arrested several people in connection with the case.
A special investigation unit (SIT) of Mumbai Police has reportedly found CCTV evidence of Shah Rukh Khan’s manager, Pooja Dadlani meeting KP Gosavi and Sam D’souza in Lower Parel, Mumbai.
According to reports, Dadlani’s blue Mercedes was spotted in CCTV footage in the area, just as mentioned in the affidavit of witness, Prabhakar Sail. A media report states that the team probing allegations of ‘extortion’ in the cruise drug case involving Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan Khan, are now likely to register a case against Gosavi and will likely call in Dadlani to record her statement.
In his written affidavit, he claimed that Dadlani, Gosavi and D’Souza, met on October 3 at lower Parel. The investigating team scanned the footage of 10-15 CCTV cameras in the area and found the said blue Mercedes and two Innovas in the area. It has been alleged that Gosavi, who was also a witness in the drug case, posed as an NCB officer and had ‘police’ written on his SUV.
Gosavi is believed to have blackmailed SRK and asked for a sum of Rs 25 crore, in order to let his son walk free from the drugs case. Of the said amount, Rs 8 crore was to be paid to zonal director Sameer Wankhede, Sail said in his statement.
Meanwhile, Sam D’Souza, on Wednesday, approached the Bombay High Court seeking pre-arrest bail. In his plea, he claimed that Kiran Gosavi had taken Rs 50 lakh from SRK’s manager to get Aryan Khan released, and the amount was returned after the NCB arrested the 23-year-old in the case.
He also claimed that NCB officials were not corrupt and said that Gosavi and Sail were calling each other pretending to be NCB chief Sameer Wankhade by saving his name on their mobile phones to pretend they were in touch with him.
Post his arrest on the alleged charges of drug possession, the case soon garnered limelight as Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik accused the NCB of “faking the raid.”
Subsequently, the minister unleashed bouts of allegations against the NCB probing officer Sameer Wankhede who is now facing a departmental vigilance probe following bribery charges against him.
An independent witness in the case, Prabhakar Sail accused that the NCB officers and others involved in the nautical action sought multi-crore bribe in lieu of releasing Aryan.