Mutha Ashok Jain, deputy director general of the Narcotics Control Bureau, defended NCB zone director Sameer Wankhede, the chief investigator of the Mumbai drug trafficking case, who is under the scanner after the NCP chief Nawab Malik has made questionable claims about his alleged ties to the BJP and people in the Bollywood industry, and his international trips to Dubai and the Maldives.

NCB purifies the air on Wankhede’s visit to Dubai and Maldives, as claimed by Nawab Malik

Clearing the air on Sameer Wankhede’s alleged visit to Dubai and the Maldives last year, the National Drug Control Bureau issued a press briefing on Thursday and briefed the press on his appointment and visit to the Maldives.

NCB DDG Mutha Ashok Jain said the press brief makes clear the date of Wankhede’s appointment and his request for permission to travel to the Maldives last year, which was approved by officials at the Maldives. NCB. However, NCB officials have not acknowledged Wankhede’s visit to Dubai and have denied claims he visited the country after being appointed NCB official.

The press note released by the NCB indicates that “disinformation” has been disseminated on social media regarding Sameer Wankhede, IRS, area director, Mumbai area unit of the NCB. The NCB statement specifies two points:

The first point raised was that Sameer Wankhede had joined the NCB on July 31, 2020 and had not submitted any requests for permission to travel to Dubai since. The statement read: “Sameer Wankhede, IRS joined NCB on loan basis on 08/31/2020 and after that he did not submit any requests for leave from ex India in Dubai.”

Another point raised by the NCB was that the office had approved Wankhede’s request for permission to travel to the Maldives with his family. “In accordance with the approval of the competent authority, the officer took a leave of absence from the former India with his family for the Maldives,” the press release said.

Nawab Malik interviews Sameer Wankhede and his international visits

Previously, Nawab Malik had accused the NCP zone manager of extortion and targeted members of his family. In a video message, the NCP chief alleged deeper ties between Wankhede and Bollywood. He alleged that during the COVID pandemic, when most of the celebrities were in the Maldives, Wankhere’s family were also present there. He also asked if the BCN officer was in Dubai.

“Attempts have been made to implicate certain people in bogus cases. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire film industry was in the Maldives. What were the officer and his family doing in the Maldives and Dubai? This needs to be clarified by Sameer Wankhede, “said the NCP spokesperson and Minister for Maharashtra.” We demand that he clarify if he was in Dubai, “Malik added.

“Was his family there in the Maldives when the whole film industry was in the Maldives? What was the reason they went there?” Nawab Malik asked.

At this, Sameer Wankhede told Republic Media Network that he traveled to the Maldives with his own money.

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