ED Slaps Money Laundering Case Against Sameer Wankhede
Enforcement Directorate initiates money laundering case against Sameer Wankhede, adding complexity to the controversy surrounding the NCB officer's actions.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has initiated a money laundering case against Sameer Wankhede, a former IRS officer accused of demanding a Rs 25 crore bribe from actor Shah Rukh Khan to avoid framing his son in a drug case in October 2021. The ED case stems from a 2023 FIR by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which alleged Wankhede, the former zonal director of the Narcotics Control Bureau, was one of four individuals seeking the bribe. Wankhede led the October 2021 raids on a cruise ship, Cordelia.
Wankhede has approached the Bombay High Court seeking protection from coercive action in response to the ED case. The case is scheduled for a hearing on February 15. Earlier, Wankhede faced questioning in the CBI case and dismissed the charges as "vendetta" by NCB officers, filing complaints against some of them. The Bombay High Court had granted him interim protection from arrest during his petition to quash the CBI FIR. As the period of interim protection in the CBI case concludes on February 15, the day of the ED case hearing, Wankhede is seeking continued protection against coercive action.