Mumbai: In a latest development to the extortion allegations against Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, the Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected his petition after the Maharashtra government’s lawyer assured that Mumbai Police will give 3-day notice period before arresting him.Also Read - ‘Stop It, Dad’: Aryan Khan’s Friend Arbaaz Merchant Gets Irked by Father Who Asks Him to Pose For Paps at NCB Office
“As the petition is in respect to Prevention of Corruption Act, we will give prior notice of 72 hours if we will register an offence under the Act,” Maharashtra government’s lawyer said in the court. Also Read - 2013 Shakti Mills Gangrape Case: Bombay HC Commutes Death Penalty of Three to Life Term
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The development comes after Narcotics Control Bureau Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede approached Bombay High Court over apprehensions that Mumbai Police may arrest him.
In the plea at the Bombay HC, Sameer Wankhede demanded a probe by CBI or any central agency in the matter.
On Wednesday, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) vigilance team and an ACP-level Mumbai Police officer launched independent probes into the allegations of ‘extortion’ and other issues against Sameer Wankhede.
The NCB team arrived in Mumbai and is understood to have recorded Wankhede’s statement besides summoning a ‘Panch-Witness’ Prabhakar Sail for probe.
At least four complaints lodged against Wankhede in different police stations in Mumbai will now be handled by the ACP who will investigate and prepare his report in the matter.
“We have started the probe. This is a very sensitive investigation, too early to share anything. We shall inquire all aspects and later inform the media of the developments,” NCB vigilance team member Dnyaneshwar Singh told mediapersons briefly.
The two independent probes follow the series of allegations against Wankhede coming vide Sail’s affidavit of October 23, besides the serial exposes undertaken by Nationalist Congress Party Minister Nawab Malik in the past three weeks.