The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is planning to record the statements of actor Shah Rukh Khan, his son Aryan Khan, and manager Pooja Dadlani in a case involving extortion and bribery. The case is lodged against Sameer Wankhede, the former Mumbai zonal director. The CBI aims to gather evidence and statements from the individuals involved in the case.
Allegations of Extortion and Bribery
According to the CBI, Sameer Wankhede and other accused individuals allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 25 crore from Shah Rukh Khan to refrain from framing his son, Aryan Khan, following the alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship. The Narcotics Control Bureau vigilance report revealed that an amount of 25 crore rupees was initially demanded, but the deal was eventually closed for Rs 18 crore. The CBI is investigating these allegations of extortion and bribery.
The CBI has summoned Sam D’Souza, a private individual involved in the alleged extortion case, for questioning. D’Souza appeared at the CBI headquarters in Delhi accompanied by his lawyers. The investigation agency is expected to record the statements of Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, and Pooja Dadlani in the coming days as part of their probe into the case.
Earlier this month, the Bombay High Court extended Sameer Wankhede’s protection from arrest for an additional two weeks. The High Court has scheduled the next hearing in the case for June 23. While Wankhede has filed a plea to quash the case registered by the CBI against him, the central investigating agency has appealed to the court to remove the protection from arrest granted to Wankhede. The CBI argued that there are serious and sensitive allegations of bribery against Wankhede. Wankhede’s lawyer, on the other hand, has requested time from the court to amend the petition.
Sameer Wankhede gained public attention two years ago when he arrested Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan Khan, in the Cordelia cruise drug bust. Earlier, Wankhede had informed the Mumbai Police that he was receiving threats through a fake Twitter account in the name of gangster Dawood Ibrahim. The case involving Aryan Khan and the alleged drug bust drew significant media coverage.
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