New Delhi: Witness in Mumbai drug cruise bust, Kiran Gosavi, who was absconding after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) conducted raids on October 3, attempted to surrender in a police station in Lucknow. He released an audio of himself speaking to a policeman at Madiyaon police station in Lucknow. “I want to surrender here as it’s the nearest police station for me at the moment,” Gosavi could be heard saying. However, he was refused by a policeman, who said, “No, you can’t. Please go somewhere else.”
Gosavi has denied allegations of his involvement in an extortion case bid of Rs 25 crore by some NCB officials, including its Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, and others for letting off accused Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan.
“False allegations. They fabricated stories and are changing directions (of probe). It’s I, who was being threatened that I led to his (Aryan Khan’s) arrest, I received phone calls. I’m surrendering in half-an-hour outside Maharashtra. Everything will be clear,” ANI quoted Gosavi as saying.
Meanwhile, Pune Police ACP Satish Govekar said, “A case registered with Faraskhana PS. Out of 2 accused in the case, we’ve arrested one accused. There’s news about accused Kiran Gosavi in media, we’re still searching for him &as and when we get more info we’ll share with you.”
Earlier in the day, the NCB ordered a vigilance inquiry into the extortion claims made by a witness in the cruise drugs case. Prabhakar Sail, the bodyguard of Gosavi and also an independent witness in the cruise drugs case, had on Sunday claimed in an affidavit and in subsequent interactions with reporters in Mumbai that Rs 25 crore was demanded by an NCB official and some other people linked to the case to let off Aryan Khan from this investigation.
Sail also claimed that he saw Gosavi meeting Shah Rukh Khan’s manager and that he was asked to sign “9-10 blank pages” in the presence of Wankhede after the cruise raids.
The inquiry will be conducted by Gyaneshwar Singh, the NCB deputy director general (DDG) of northern region based at its headquarters here. Singh is also the chief vigilance officer (CVO) of the federal anti-narcotics agency.
A three-member team led by Gyaneshwar Singh may travel to Mumbai for “recording the evidence and taking submissions” in this case. The report of the inquiry will be submitted to the NCB DG and based on the findings, he may take the next course of action.
Wankhede has denied the allegations being made against him in this case. The officer on Sunday also wrote to Mumbai Police commissioner Hemant Nagrale, seeking protection from likely legal action “being planned” against him by unknown persons to falsely frame him concerning an alleged vigilance related issue.
Earlier this month, the NCB had conducted raids at the cruise terminal on Mumbai’s coast leading to the arrest of as many as 20 people, including Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan.