Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Made to sign 10 blank papers, overheard Rs 18 crore deal talks: Witness in Aryan Khan case

Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the Mumbai cruise ship drugs case, involving actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, has claimed that he had overheard private investigator Kiran Gosavi talk about a Rs 18 crore deal, of which Rs 8 crore was to be paid to Narcotics Control Bureau Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.

In an affidavit, Sail, who identified himself as Gosavi’s bodyguard, claimed that he had heard the private investigator talk to a man named Sam D’Souza about the deal over phone.

“Till such time we reached Lower Parel [from NCB office for the meeting] KP Gosavi was talking to Sam on the phone and stated that you put a bomb of [Rs] 25 crores and lets settle at 18 final because we have to give 8 crores to Sameer Wankhede,” the affidavit quoted Sail as saying.

This was after Gosavi left the NCB office on the intervening night of October 2 and 3, according to Live Law.

Sail says a few minutes later he saw Pooja Dadlani (Shah Rukh Khan’s manager) talking to KP Gosavi. He says that later, he was asked by Gosavi to go to a location to collect Rs 50 lakhs cash. He says he collected two bags of cash and delivered it to Gosavi.

In the affidavit, Sail also claimed that a Narcotics Control Bureau official had asked him to sign on 10 blank papers. This was after Gosavi instructed Sail to sign as a panch (witness) in the case.

Sail added that Gosavi has gone missing and that he too fears being abducted or killed.

Gosavi is also a Narcotics Control Bureau witness in the drugs case. He was seen in a selfie with Aryan Khan inside the anti-drug agency’s office.

“As seen in the big cases, witnesses are often killed or taken away and I, therefore, want to state the truth,” the affidavit said.

In a later update, the NCB Deputy Director General informed through a press release that Sail’s affidavit has been forwarded to the NCB Director General for “further necessary action”.


Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut of Sunday shared a purported video of Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan apparently at NCB custody and said the allegations that a witness in the Aryan Khan case was made to sign on blank paper by the Narcotics Control Bureau is shocking.

“Also there are reports that there was demand of huge money. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said that these cases are made to defame Maharashtra. This seems to be coming true. The police should take suo moto cognisance,” Raut wrote sharing the video.

Aryan Khan was arrested on October 3 in the case. Last Wednesday, a Sessions Court in Mumbai rejected his bail application. Though no recovery was made from and no evidence of consumption by him was available, the Court observed that Khan’s knowledge about presence of 6 grams charas with his friend amount to “conscious possession” of contraband. 


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