NCB Agency Flags Suspicious Behaviour By Officers
An internal report by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has uncovered a number of “abnormalities” in the investigation of a yacht drug case involving the son of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan. . seven to eight officers of the agency.
The revelations are the second major embarrassment for the agency after one in May of this year, when, eight months after being arrested and spending more than three weeks in jail, Aryan Khan was cleared of all charges and the NCB admitted. they were unable to find “sufficient evidence” against him and five others.
Officials said on Tuesday a special investigative team or SIT set up by the NCB to investigate allegations of improper conduct by its officials in handling the Aryan Khan case has filed a report. alert to its headquarters in Delhi.
“The investigation revealed many irregularities in the case. Questions have also been raised about the intentions of the officers involved in the investigation,” a source said.
Statements from 65 people were recorded as part of the investigation. Some people have changed their claims three to four times. The source said the investigation had also discovered flaws in the investigation of several other cases, adding that reports had been sent about all of these cases.
Allegations of the investigation as an extortion bid and that the money that has been requested to stop the lawsuit against Aryan Khan and other influential targets has not been proven.
However, sources say there has been selective targeting by some.
An official said: “The role of seven to eight NCB officers has been found to be suspicious in this incident.
The revelations also come on a day when the NCB announced the seizure of cocaine worth Rs 50 crore with the bankruptcy of an international drug network. Officials reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to tracing producers and traders rather than consumers.
“It would be a mistake to say [the NCB had lost its way] but [now] we have better defined our priorities,” senior NCB official Gyaneshwar Singh told NDTV.
Aryan Khan was among 20 people arrested last October from a cruise ship off Mumbai, and drugs were found on some of them.
He spent more than 3 weeks in prison and the NCB accused him of being a “regular user of drugs”, engaging in “illegal drug trafficking”, and “trafficking and distributing drugs” before when returning the charges.
The NCB’s case began to unravel just a month later when it removed officer Sameer Wankhede – with whom his unit had been accused of omissions – from the investigation and transferred the case and five people. another from Mumbai for a group based in Delhi.