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Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan, center, is escorted by law enforcement officials from the Narcotics Control Bureau office for a medical check in Mumbai, India, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Khan was on Friday, May 27, cleared by authorities in a drugs-on-cruise case with no possession and corroborative evidence suggesting his involvement in a drug network, the investigating agency said. Image Credit: AP

Following the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) clean chit to Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil has now sought action against former NCB official Sameer Wankhede.

“The decision of the judiciary has come. There was no truth in the allegation against Aryan Khan and that is why his name has been removed from the chargesheet. I think that the Centre has also taken cognisance of this whole matter,” said Patil.

“There is also information about action against the concerned officer. If anyone is falsely implicating an innocent person, then action should be taken against them. I think the action will be taken against Sameer Wankhede,” added the Minister.

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The Central Government on Friday also directed the competent authority to take appropriate action against the former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official Sameer Wankhede for his investigation into the cruise drug bust case involving Aryan.

The Centre’s action came soon after the NCB gave a clean chit to Aryan and five others and has not filed any chargesheet against them citing the lack of evidence.

The NCB on Friday filed a 6,000-page chargesheet against 14 accused in the cruise drug bust case which excludes the name of five others, including Aryan, who was earlier arrested in the case.

The NCB had dropped drugs charges against Aryan in the drugs case citing a lack of evidence against him. NCB chief, SN Pradhan said that WhatsApp chats without physical evidence hold “no value”.

Meanwhile, Wankhede refuted to comment on the latest development in the case, saying that he is not a part of this drugs law enforcement agency anymore and will only give a written reply if asked about the matter.

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FILE PHOTO: Fans of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan hold a poster outside his house, Mannat, after his eldest son Aryan Khan was granted bail by the Bombay High Court more than three weeks after he was arrested in a drugs case, in Mumbai, India, October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo Image Credit: REUTERS

An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2 night. Eight persons were arrested 20 people, including Aryan, along with other accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha the case.

Aryan, Merchant and Dhamecha were granted bail by the Bombay High Court on 28 October 2021.