BJP chief’s brother-in-law among two NCB fired after cruise ship raid, NCP says


Allegations by the Nationalist Congress Party led by Sharad Pawar against the NCB come a day after the IT department raided the premises of business entities linked to Ajit Pawar

Stepping up its attack on the Narcotics Control Bureau (BNC), the NCP on Friday alleged that the drug agency released two people after a recent raid on a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai, one of between them being the brother-in-law. law of a “high level” BJP leader.

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Targeting NCB area director Sameer Wankhede, NCP spokesperson and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik also raised questions about the conduct of agency officials.

After the raid, BCN officer Sameer Wankhede said that 8-10 people had been detained. How can an official carrying out an entire operation give an indefinite answer? If 10 people were detained, then why two people and of the two, one was the brother-in-law of a high profile BJP leader, ”said Malik.

The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) allegations against the NCB come a day after the IT department raided the premises of business entities linked to its party leader and Deputy Chief State Minister Ajit Pawar.

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Mr Malik said he would address a press conference on Saturday to reveal the name of the BJP leader whose brother-in-law has been released by the NCB.

He said the motive behind the IT department’s raids on entities linked to Mr. Pawar was to slander him.

On Wednesday, Malik called the BCN’s October 2 raid on the cruise ship “false” and alleged that no narcotics were found during it. BCN has so far arrested 18 people, including Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, after allegedly seizing drugs from the vessel bound for Goa on Saturday.

Notably, Mr. Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan was arrested by the BCN on January 13 in an alleged drug case. He was released on bail in September.

The NCP shares power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in the state’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

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