Why is NCB being questioned in Aryan Khan drugs case?

 It is rare that during investigation in a high profile celebrity case, someone takes a selfie with a detained person and put it on social media, or after a raid, a political activist is seen holding hands and bringing a celebrity accused.


This is exactly what happened in the case of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan being arrested at an alleged rave party on a cruise, which has raised questions on the impartiality of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), an anti-drug trafficking agency.

Nawab Malik, a cabinet minister and NCP leader in the Maharashtra government, has alleged that the picture that went viral after Aryan Khan's arrest was taken by a person named KP Gosavi. Nawab Malik says that Gosavi is a private detective and there are cases of fraud against him.

After the selfie taken with Aryan Khan sitting in Gosavi's custody went viral, the NCB first said that it had nothing to do with the man in the picture, but was later called a witness.

Malik also said that the person who is seen in a video related to the case with Arbaaz Merchant, Arbaaz Merchant, is a Bharatiya Janata Party worker Manish Bhanushali, whose Facebook profile includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah. And there are pictures taken with many senior BJP leaders.

In this video, Bhanushali is seen holding the merchant's hand and bringing him.

On the basis of these allegations, Nawab Malik has termed the entire case related to Aryan Khan's arrest as fake. Malik has said that this whole matter is a conspiracy of BJP to defame Maharashtra government and Bollywood.

'Some persons were associated as independent witnesses'

NCB has rejected the allegations of Nawab Malik.

NCB Deputy Director General Gyanendra Singh has said that the panchnamas related to the case have been prepared as per the legal provisions and during the proceedings "some persons were involved as independent witnesses". The law provides for the inclusion of independent witnesses.

Talking to the media on October 6, Gyanendra Singh named 10 people whom he called independent witnesses. These include the names of Kiran Gosavi and Manish Bhanushali.

Regarding the allegations against Gosavi and Bhanushali, Gyanendra Singh said that "some of the allegations leveled against the agency are baseless and it seems that these allegations are prejudiced due to NCB's previous actions".

At the same time, Gyanendra Singh said that the action of NCB has been professionally and legally transparent and fair, and will remain so.

 

 

Gyanendra Singh did not take any names but the previous action he has mentioned is being linked to the arrest of Nawab Malik's son-in-law Samir Shabbir Khan in a drug case in January this year.

 

'Independent people should have made witnesses'

Former DGP of Uttar Pradesh Police Vikram Singh says that there should be integrity and credibility in any investigation.

He says, “The presence of private investigators and politically connected people affects the integrity and credibility of the investigation. In my career of 36 years, I have never allowed the interference or presence of private investigators or political people. "

Manish Bhanushali has said that being a responsible citizen, he had given information related to this matter to NCB.

Vikram Singh says, “If any private investigator or political activist wants to give you information, it should be welcome, but such people can never be made part of the investigation. If you are associated with people with conflict of interest and vested interests If so, it cannot be relied upon that the investigation will be conducted in a fair and legal manner."

Vikram Singh says that the NCB should have ensured that people with vested interests and people with conflicts of interest are not involved in this investigation. "They should have kept free people as witnesses."


 'Common people shy away from being witnesses'

While Vikram Singh believes that the involvement of private investigators or political activists in an official investigation may raise questions about the credibility of that investigation, former IPS officer Vibhuti Narayan Rai says that it is mostly observed that " Common people shy away from becoming police witnesses because no one wants to go around the courts".

According to Rai, NCB would be right to say that these people were their informers or informers.

He says, "It would be fair that the NCB took these people with them because it is not easy to find anyone to testify against the son of a celebrity. Those who are visible will be the ones who have all these things." It makes a living."


 NCB in discussion

The Narcotics Control Bureau has been in the news a lot for some time now. After the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput last year, the NCB had questioned several Bollywood actors and actresses as part of its probe into the revelations of an alleged drug racket.

 

After several days of interrogation, the NCB arrested Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty in September last year in a drug-related case. Actress Deepika Padukone was also questioned during the investigation of the same alleged drugs case.

 

Many big names associated with the film and TV world were asked by the NCB to appear during its investigation. The interrogation of these celebrities continued in the NCB office every day for several days, but gradually the matter cooled down. Riya Chakraborty was released on bail by the Bombay High Court last year after being in custody for 28 days.

 

Meanwhile, the Congress has alleged that the raid on the cruise of NCB is an attempt to divert attention from the issue of seizure of drugs at Mundra port in Gujarat.

On September 16, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized around 3,000 kg of heroin from two containers at the Mundra Port of the Adani Group in Gujarat's Kutch district, which is estimated to be worth around Rs 21,000 crore in the global market.

Opposition parties allege that NCB is focusing on petty matters except big dealers engaged in drugs business.

However, after getting the green signal from the Ministry of Home Affairs, on October 6, the case of seizure of drugs from Mundra Port has been taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).