MUMBAI: Shortly after the Centre declined to grant extension to Sameer Wankhede, the controversial Narcotics Control Bureau Mumbai Zonal Director, Maharashtra Minorities Minister Nawab Malik said on Monday that the “war against the wrongdoings” of the officer will continue.
Speaking to mediapersons, Malik termed Wankhede’s transfer as ‘justified’ and ‘necessary’ to curb his ‘arbitrary style of functioning’ in the Mumbai NCB, despite intensive ‘lobbying’ by a big BJP leader from New Delhi seeking another extension.
The Nationalist Congress Party leader’s media briefing came after the IRS officer’s extended tenure at NCB ended on December 31, and as per the available information, he will now be posted with the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).
“From the day he (Wankhede) took charge here, he had been indulging in ‘farziwada’ (fabricating cases), dumping innocent persons into jail, many people were trapped in fake cases, besides committing many other irregularities, but we have exposed everything,” said Malik.
He reiterated how Wankhede had submitted a fake caste certificate to get a central job, concealed his income, secured a liquor licence in his name when he was minor and concealing this fact while working for the government, suppressing information about his spouse, and other things which are now being probed.
“We brought all this out in the public domain. The fake caste certificate matter is currently being probed. I am also a complainant in the matter and my legal team is attending to it. He will definitely forfeit his job because of the fraudulent caste document,” Malik said.
He pointed out that there are two different probes going against Wankhede — how he violated his service conditions and the Cordelia Cruise ship raids of October 2, 2021 involving Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Arya Khan — and asserted that he would “pursue them to their logical end”.
On his claims that a senior BJP leader had lobbied hard to get him an extension, Malik declined to name him as (Wankhede’s) transfer is now confirmed, but said if Wankhede had not been shunted out, he would have resorted to RTI queries to ascertain who was the politician rooting strongly for him.
Referring to Wankhede’s statements that he had not sought an extension but was planning to go on a two-month leave, the minister termed this as a ‘plant’ and asked why he was not transferred even though his tenure had ended.
“Wherever illegalities have been committed by Wankhede, we shall submit all the evidence before the courts to prove them. It will be proved and he will definitely face action. They tried to intimidate and threaten me and my family, but we are not scared of them,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, more controversy surrounds IRS officer Sameer Wankhede after Nawab Malik complained that Wankhede holds a bar licence in Mumbai.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Malik has sent a complaint to Suchitra Sharma, Director General, Vigilance, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) against former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai head Sameer Wankhede.
Malik said Wankhede is holding a permit room and bar licence in his name from 1997 onwards till date. Wankhede is operating a hotel and bar named Sadguru Hotel in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Malik said.
“Is a Central government servant eligible to hold and operate a permit room and bar licence in his name,” Malik asked in his complaint.
Malik has asked the CBIC to note the administrative misconducts by Wankhede and conduct an inquiry. Copies of the complaint are marked to CBIC Chairman and DG, NCB.
Malik also said that Wankhede has not declared the properties and businesses held in the name of his wife, Kranti Redkar. Only one joint property has been declared while others in the name of Redkar and other relatives have not been disclosed by Wankhede in his annual property statements, Malik claimed.
Malik also said that Wankhede has made a wrong disclosure and misrepresented to hide facts by stating that the bar and hotel was inherited on the demise of his mother, Zahida Dyandeo Wankhede.
Malik said the licence stood in Wankhede’s name since 1997 while his mother expired much later in 2015. — IANS