NCB clarifies contentions raised by Nationalist Congress Party

Cruise Ship Bust: Special NDPS Court grants bail to 7 others

October 9

Nationalist Congress Party alleged that, Narcotics Control Bureau released 3 detainees including a kin of a senior BJP leader.

Addressing media-persons, NCP National Spokesperson and Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said, a total of 11 persons were detained after the swoop on the ship (October 2), including Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’.

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‘On that night only, 3 persons were allowed to go by the NCB officials. They are Rishabh Sachdev, the nephew of a BJP leader Mohit Bharatiya (formerly, Kamboj), Amir Furniturewala and Pratik Gabha’, Malik said.

NCB must reply why they were released from detention,” Malik demanded.

Further he said, Aryan Khan had been invited to the ship party by the trio of Sachdev, Furniturewala and Gabha.

NCB Deputy Director-General Gyaneshwar Singh said, all the 14 were served notice under Section 67 of NDPS Act, examined thoroughly and their statements also recorded.

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) dismissed the allegations against the Agency and said, it had detained a total of 14 persons in the rave party raid on a cruise ship but 6 were allowed to go as no incriminating evidence was found against them.

Maharashtra Minister further said, a BJP leader and a so-called ‘private detective’ Kiran P. Gosavi had signed on two ‘panchnamas’ giving different addresses of Thane and Navi Mumbai.

“Moreover, while one ‘panchnama’ of 4-pages was handwritten by a NCB official Satish Kumar, the other 9-page ‘panchnama’ was typed by Ashish R. Prasad and was a computer printout. How did this happen?” Malik questioned.

He added, the panchnamas are said to be prominent or respectable persons, but in this case, the NCB got at least 2 politicians – Manish Bhanushali and Gosavi who latter wanted by the Pune Police.

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On the questions raised pertaining to the ‘panchnamas’, the NCB head said these are made on the respective spots so the place, timing, situation and resources may differ, but they are part of the court records and will be included in the charge-sheet in future, and also open to scrutiny at appropriate forum.


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