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Malik: Wankhede part of plan to lure people like Aryan to ship

In his latest allegation against Wankhede, Malik claimed that the NCB official and BJP leader Mohit Kamboj tried to kidnap Aryan and demand ransom.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: November 8, 2021 4:20:35 am
NCP leader Cabinet minister of Maharashtra Nawab Malik (Express Photo)

Maharashtra cabinet minister Nawab Malik on Sunday alleged that NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede was part of a plan, conceived by people close to him, to lure people like Aryan Khan on board the ship and subsequently frame them in the drug case so that money could be extorted from them. He also claimed that an attempt was also made to invite cabinet minister Aslam Shaikh who is the guardian minister of Mumbai district so that he too could be framed as part of a conspiracy to tarnish the image of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government.

“The Aryan Khan incident is a classic case of kidnapping and holding a person to ransom. Mohit Kamboj is the mastermind of this operation. His brother-in-law is the one who invited Khan who boarded the ship without a ticket. They were then framed and subsequently money was demanded from his family. An amount of Rs 25 crore was demanded and the final deal was struck for Rs 18 crore. An initial amount of Rs 50 lakh was paid. However, a selfie that got released seemed to have ruined their plan,” Nawab Malik said in a press conference in Mumbai on Sunday.

Malik alleged that BJP leader Mohit Kamboj conceived the racket in connivance with NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede. He also said that an attempt was made to frame the children of various NCP leaders by luring them to the ship.

“A person named Kashif Khan, who claims to be India’s Fashion TV Head, was forcing Aslam Shaikh to visit the party in which Aryan Khan was invited. Shaikh, however, refused to attend. This was a concerted attempt to frame Shaikh in the case and tarnish the MVA government,” Malik said. Kamboj on Sunday denied Malik’s allegations and said he never met Wankhede.

Malik also said that the drug items recovered by NCB officials from the ship included a paper roll that was manufactured by Khan’s company.  “A paper roll that is manufactured as a brand of Fashion TV was seized by the NCB on board the ship which said that the drug is consumed through that roll. Why was the owner not arrested? The owner of this brand is Kashif Khan. He is a partner of Wankhede and was present at the party,” Malik said.

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