Cassian Baliarsingh

Trouble seems inevitable for former Mumbai NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede who has been accused of demanding Rs 25 crore bribe from superstar Shah Rukh Khan in Aryan Khan’s drug case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against Wankhede taking cognizance of a CBI FIR. The ED has booked Wankhede under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), sources said.

Along with Wankhede, a few former NCB officials have also been summoned. Soon after the case, Wankhede moved the Bombay High Court seeking protection from any coercive action by the ED.

The 2008-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer was booked by the CBI in May last year on charges of seeking Rs 25 crore from superstar Shah Rukh Khan to spare his son in a drugs case. The CBI has booked him and his colleagues for alleged conspiracy (120B IPC), and threat of extortion (388 IPC) besides provisions pertaining to bribery under the Prevention of Corruption Act on a complaint from the NCB.

Worth mentioning, Aryan Khan was arrested in the alleged drug case on the Cordelia cruise ship on October 2, 2021. The Starkid had to stay in jail for a couple of months until he got bail. A year later, the NCB filed a chargesheet in the drugs-on-cruise case against 14 accused but gave a clean chit to Aryan Khan.