Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede’s tenure ends on December 31 and he is not seeking an extension, as per sources.
Wankhede was given an extension of four months in the month of September.
The 2008-batch Indian Revenue Service officer was earlier posted with the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).
As zonal director of NCB, Wankhede was involved in action against the drug syndicates allegedly involving Bollywood celebrities in the aftermath of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by suicide.
During his tenure, he arrested 96 people and registered 28 cases between August-December 20. In 2021, he arrested 234 people, registered 117 cases, seized over 1791 kg drugs worth Rs 1000 crore and froze properties over Rs 11 crore.
In October this year, a team led by Sameer Wankhede allegedly recovered drugs during a raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast, and arrested actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan along with others.
Later, questions were raised about the credentials of independent witnesses used by the NCB during the raid, and it was also alleged that there was an attempt to extort money from Shah Rukh Khan.
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