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Son-in-law framed by NCB, seizures done at agency office: NCP’s Nawab Malik

In a press conference, Malik showed photographs of seizures that the NCB alleged were done at his son-in-law’s residence but which he claimed were actually carried out at the NCB office.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: October 14, 2021 11:22:14 pm
NCP leader Cabinet minister of Maharashtra Nawab Malik (Express Photo)

NCP leader Nawab Malik on Thursday alleged that his son-in-law Sameer Khan and two others had been ‘framed’ by the NCB in connection with a narcotics case in January this year.

This came a day after the detailed bail order passed by the special NDPS court while granting Khan and two others bail last month was made available on Wednesday.

In the order the court has observed that no case for illicit drug trafficking and conspiracy was made out.

In a press conference, Malik showed photographs of seizures that the NCB alleged were done at his son-in-law’s residence but which he claimed were actually carried out at the NCB office.

Malik showed photographs of a chair and flooring seen in these photographs of drug seizures. He then showed photographs of the chair and flooring seen in the NCB office to indicate that the seizures were done at the NCB office.

Malik claimed that when this was pointed out to the NCB, the agency said that the seizures were done at the scene of crime.

Malik further claimed that while the NCB had claimed to have found 200 kg of ganja, the Chemical Analyzer’s report had proved that it was not ganja but herbal tobacco. “It is shocking that an anti-narcotic agency like NCB cannot distinguish between ganja and tobacco,” he said.

Malik added that anti narcotic agencies have kits that instantly prove whether a substance is a narcotic or not, and wondered how they could not find out that the substance seized was not a narcotic.

“This is clear cut framing of people by NCB and from day one I have been saying that they have been indulging in ‘farziwada’ (fake cases),” Malik alleged. He added they will soon be approaching the Bombay High Court to quash the case.

When contacted about the allegations, NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede said, “We are preparing to approach the Bombay High Court against the bail. I cannot comment on the matter as it is currently sub-judice.”

Sources from the NCB, however, said that the court had granted bail to Sameer Khan and had not discharged him from the case.

An NCB official said that even if as per the court bail order there is 1.1 kg ganja recovered, it is an intermediate quantity that is punishable with 10 years behind bars. On questions about the ganja being seized at the NCB office instead of the crime scene, an official said that they will reply to that allegation to the court.

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