Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik on Sunday accused Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) Mumbai Zonal Director, Sameer Wankhede of plotting to kidnap Aryan Khan for ransom.
Talking to the media, he said “their game was ruined because of one selfie.” Though he did not name anyone, the apparent reference is towards the picture of Kiran Gosavi and Aryan Khan that went viral over social media. He further claimed that Mohit Bharatiya, former president of Mumbai Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing was the “mastermind” of the plot.
At a press conference this morning, he claimed that “Aryan Khan didn’t purchase the ticket for the cruise party. It was Pratik Gaba and Amir Furniturewala who brought him there. It’s a matter of kidnapping & ransom. Mohit Kamboj is the mastermind & partner of Sameer Wankhede in demanding ransom.”
He further claimed that a “trap was laid” by a relation of the BJP leader Kamboj. As per the plan, Aryan Khan was taken to the cruise. Following which, the game of kidnap and ransom of Rs 25 crores was started.
A deal of Rs 18 crores was made and Rs 50 lakh was already paid (by Shah Rukh Khan).
“But a selfie ruined the game and this is the truth,” said Malik.
He further claimed that the organizers had planned to include Kashif Khan to bring the state minister Aslam Sheikh and the children of many other ministers on the cruise in a bid to defame the Maharashtra government. But that didn’t happen.
Malik has previously called the drugs-on-cruise case as “fake” and has levelled a series of allegations against Wankhede. He went on to claim that Wankhede had met Kamboj in a “kabarastan” (graveyard) in the suburban Oshiwara.
”But, because of his (Wankhede’s) good luck, we couldn’t get the footage since police’s CCTV was not functioning. Hence, out of fear, Wankhede had lodged a false complaint that he was being stalked,” Malik said.
He further urged Shah Rukh Khan to come forward and support his fight against injustice. ”I appeal to him not to get scared. If your child is kidnapped and ransom is sought and the parent pays it, he is the victim and not the accused,” Malik said.
However, Kamboj has denied all the allegations and earlier this week said that a “fake narrative” is being surfaced regarding the drugs-on-cruise case.
This comes after Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the case claimed that he had overheard conversations between KP Gosavi and Sam D’Souza on October 3 regarding a Rs 18 crores deal. He said that during the conversation, Gosavi agreed to pay Rs 8 crores to Sameer Wankhede.
Prabhakar Sail was later declared to be a “hostile” witness by the NCB.
Malik has previously accused Wankhede of extortion and questioned his birth certificate and accused him of forgery to reap benefits meant for Scheduled Castes.