Former Mumbai NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede has approached the Bombay High Court wherein seeking protection from coercive action amongst other reliefs in the Enforcement Directorate’s, ED in the money laundering case filed against him.
The ED’s money laundering case against Wankhede is based in a 2023 FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI wherein it alleged an amount of Rs 25 crore bribe demand from several accused’s kin, including Shah Rukh Khan’s family to spare his son Aryan Khan in the 2021 Cordelia Cruise Drugs case.
In the present case, the petitioner sought an interim order protecting him from any coercive measures, a stay on investigation and quashing of the ECIR against him.
The petitioner in the plea contended that the Enforcement Directorate, ED was filed as a counterblast to Wankhede’s complaint against NCB’s Deputy Director General Gyaneshwar Singh before a Delhi court under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, the Prevention of Atrocities, Act, 1989, as well as his contempt case against Singh before the Delhi High Court.
The Delhi High Court sought an action taken report from the Delhi Police on the complaint filed by Sameer Wankhede against IPS Officer and NCB DDG Gyaneshwar Singh on February 06, 2024.
Therefore, as per the Mid-Day report, Wankhede’s complaint was closed on February 5 by the National Commission of Scheduled Castes based on a Delhi Police report stating that Wankhede’s allegations could not be substantiated. Wankhede’s contempt case was rejected by the Delhi High Court recently.
The petitioner in the plea claimed that the sudden action of ED on the CBI FIR and the ECIR shows vendetta and malice against Wankhede.
Wankhede has claimed that Singh and other powerful people have involved the agencies like CBI, ED, and NCB, to frame him.