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CBI’s FIR: Sameer Wankhede and KP Gosavi Allegedly Extort 25 Crore from Shah Rukh Khan

A recent FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sheds light on alleged corruption and a sinister extortion plot involving Sameer Wankhede, the former zonal director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).



CBI's FIR: Sameer Wankhede and KP Gosavi Allegedly Extort 25 Crore from Shah Rukh Khan
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Mumbai: A recent FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sheds light on alleged corruption and a sinister extortion plot involving Sameer Wankhede, the former zonal director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The FIR reveals that Shah Rukh Khan’s family received threats of implicating his son, Aryan Khan, in a narcotics case unless a staggering amount of ₹25 crore was paid. The investigation also exposes irregularities in Wankhede’s foreign trips and the acquisition of expensive wristwatches. Alongside Wankhede, several other individuals, including NCB officers and witnesses, are named in the FIR, drawing attention to their questionable conduct during Aryan Khan’s arrest and subsequent events.

According to the FIR filed by the CBI, Sameer Wankhede, the former zonal director of the NCB, faces allegations of corruption and criminal misconduct. These charges come in the wake of his involvement in the arrest of Aryan Khan and others during an alleged drug bust on a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai in October 2021.

The CBI’s FIR highlights Wankhede’s foreign trips and the sale and purchase of expensive wristwatches. The investigation found that the acquired assets of Wankhede and Ashish Ranjan, an intelligence officer with the NCB, were not adequately justified based on their declared income. Moreover, Wankhede’s explanations regarding his foreign travels and expenditure were deemed unsatisfactory.

Aside from Wankhede, the FIR also implicates four other individuals. Vishwa Vijay Singh and Ashish Ranjan, both senior officers with the NCB, as well as KP Gosavi and his aide Sanvile D’Souza, face allegations in connection with the case. KP Gosavi, a witness in the drugs-on-cruise case, was widely criticized for taking a selfie with Aryan Khan after his arrest, raising questions about his access to the accused despite not being an NCB employee.

The CBI’s FIR points out that KP Gosavi was allowed to be present with the accused individuals and even permitted entry into the NCB office after the raid, which is contrary to the norms for an independent witness. Gosavi took advantage of this and took selfies with the accused and recorded voice notes, violating the proper protocols.

The FIR unveils a conspiracy to extort ₹25 crore from Aryan Khan’s family by threatening them with false accusations of possessing narcotics substances. Eventually, the amount was negotiated down to ₹18 crore. Additionally, KP Gosavi and Sanvile D’Souza accepted a bribe of ₹50 lakhs, but a portion of this bribe money was later returned.

According to the CBI, Wankhede instructed Vishwa Vijay Singh, the superintendent of NCB, to allow KP Gosavi to handle the accused and create a visual impression of Gosavi having custody of Aryan Khan while escorting him to the NCB Mumbai office.

Several of these allegations were initially raised by Nawab Malik, a former Maharashtra minister and NCP leader, who is currently in jail on corruption charges. Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the drugs-on-cruise case, also made similar claims but tragically passed away from a heart attack last year.

Last year, Wankhede was transferred to the Directorate General of Taxpayer Services in Chennai. In response to the recent CBI raids at his residence, he claimed to be “punished for being


59 deaths in 48 hours in two Govt hospitals of Maharashtra, CM orders high level investigation

In the past 48 hours, a distressing total of 59 fatalities have been reported across two government hospitals in Maharashtra.



59 deaths in 48 hours in two government hospitals of Maharashtra, CM orders high level investigation
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In the past 48 hours, a distressing total of 59 fatalities have been reported across two government hospitals in Maharashtra. Of these, 35 occurred at the Shankarrao Chavan Hospital in Nanded, while 24 were recorded at the Ghati Hospital in Aurangabad.

Expressing grave concern over the situation, Maharashtra’s Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, promptly ordered a comprehensive investigation into the deaths at Nanded and Ghati. He vehemently refuted the Opposition’s claims that the tragic events resulted from a shortage of medicines and a lack of medical personnel.

Shinde stated, “The responsible parties will face consequences following the inquiry committee’s findings. We take these incidents very seriously and have dispatched a delegation of ministers, secretaries, and officials to inspect the hospitals in Nanded and Ghati in Aurangabad, with instructions to submit a detailed report.”

However, former Congress Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, hailing from Nanded, contended that the demise of 35 individuals, including 16 infants, was indeed due to a scarcity of medicines and an insufficient medical workforce. He declared, “Approximately 70 others remain in critical condition. We have learned that the supply of medication and the recruitment of doctors have encountered inexplicable delays, leading to the loss of several lives. The state government must hold those responsible accountable and work to rectify the system.”

Nana Patole, the Maharashtra Congress President, alleged that the procurement of medicines by the State Public Health Department had been impeded by the demand for a 40% commission. He further lamented that similar tragic incidents had occurred previously, such as the deaths of 17 individuals at the Thane Municipal Corporation-run civic hospital, and no substantial improvements had been made.

Patole expressed his concerns, saying, “The public health system in the state is plagued by corruption, and the entire system is in dire straits. Government hospitals suffer from a shortage of doctors, medical staff, and essential medications. Additionally, the hospital equipment lies dysfunctional and unused. If this is the condition of healthcare services in major cities, one can only imagine the situation in rural hospitals. We demand that the state government be held accountable with culpable homicide charges under IPC 302.”

Raj Thackeray, the leader of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), also criticized the government’s handling of the healthcare system, stating that it had failed in delivering adequate healthcare to the general populace.

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24 Lives, Including 12 Newborns, Lost at Maharashtra Govt Hospital

12 Adults Among 24 Lives Lost in 24 Hours at Maharashtra Govt Hospital, Mostly to Snake Bites and Various Ailments



24 Lives, Including 12 Newborns, Lost at Maharashtra Govt Hospital
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New Delhi: In the past 24 hours, a tragic incident unfolded at a government hospital in Nanded, Maharashtra. The hospital’s dean reported the loss of twelve newborns and an equal number of adults, underscoring a distressing situation exacerbated by a shortage of essential medicines and hospital staff.

Among the 24 lives lost within this timeframe, twelve adults succumbed to various ailments, with snakebites being a predominant cause, according to the dean of Nanded’s Shankarrao Chavan Government Hospital. He elaborated on the challenges faced, citing the transfer of crucial medical personnel as a contributing factor.

The dean noted, “We serve as a tertiary-level healthcare center, the sole one within a radius of 70 to 80 kilometers. Consequently, patients travel from distant areas to seek our care. On certain days, the patient influx strains our resources and budget.”

He further revealed, “We are supposed to procure medicines from the Haffkine Institute, but this procurement did not materialize. Nonetheless, we procured medicines locally and provided them to the patients.”

Expressing deep regret over the deaths, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, in Mumbai, promised to investigate the situation thoroughly and take appropriate action.

In response to the tragedy, the opposition in Maharashtra directed strong criticism at the government led by Eknath Shinde, urging accountability from the “triple-engine sarkar” comprising the BJP, Eknath Shinde Sena, and the Ajit Pawar faction of the NCP.

Ashok Chavan, a former Chief Minister and senior member of the Congress party, who visited the hospital, remarked, “A total of 24 lives were lost, and seventy individuals remain in critical condition. The shortage of medical facilities and staff is evident. Several nurses were transferred without timely replacements, and essential equipment remains non-functional. While the hospital’s capacity is intended for 500 patients, it currently accommodates 1,200. I will engage in discussions with Ajit Pawar on this matter. The government must diligently investigate and regain control of the situation.”

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Over 40 Arrested in Connection with Stone-Pelting Incident in Shivamogga

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah announced over 40 arrests in connection with the recent Shivamogga stone-pelting incident during a press briefing on Monday.



Over 40 Arrested in Connection with Stone-Pelting Incident in Shivamogga
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Shivamogga: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressed the media on Monday, revealing that over 40 individuals have been apprehended in relation to the recent stone-pelting incident that occurred in Shivamogga. Legal actions have been initiated against those involved.

Tensions flared up in Ragigudda, near the Shantinagar area of Shivamogga city in Karnataka, on Sunday night during an Eid Milad procession. Reports emerged of a mob hurling stones at houses and vehicles, resulting in damage and injuries to several participants in the religious procession. Six people, including two policemen, sustained injuries and were subsequently transported to the district hospital.

In response to the unrest, Rapid Action Force (RAF) teams were dispatched to the scene, and police resorted to mild lathi charges to disperse the crowd.

Following these events, Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was imposed in specific areas of the city to maintain law and order.

The outbreak of violence stemmed from protests earlier on Sunday, arising from the police’s decision to obscure a cutout of Tipu Sultan, the former ruler of Mysuru, with a curtain. Allegedly, the cutout depicted Tipu Sultan engaged in actions deemed offensive by certain sections of the community. It was reported that paint had been smeared on the ruler’s cutout, sparking protests in Ragigudda.

Shivamogga Superintendent of Police GK Mithun Kumar visited the scene and engaged in discussions with the protestors to ease tensions. However, the situation escalated, leading to the stone-pelting incident. The exact sequence of events remains unclear, with some media outlets suggesting that rumors of stone-pelting at the procession by outsiders in a different location may have incited the stone-throwing in the Ragi Gudda area.

SP GK Mithun Kumar stated, “Some miscreants pelted stones during the Eid Milad procession. Some vehicles and houses were damaged. Based on videos and information, individuals have already been arrested in connection with the incident. Section 144 has been imposed in the area as a precautionary measure, and a case has been registered. The situation is now under control, except for Shanti Nagar and Ragi Gudda. Stringent action will be taken against the culprits.”

Local authorities have urged residents to avoid spreading rumors on social media platforms.

CM Siddaramaiah assured that the situation in Shivamogga is currently peaceful, and the police are taking all necessary measures to maintain order. He emphasized that disturbing religious events and engaging in stone-pelting is unlawful, and his government will not tolerate such incidents, promising to suppress them.

Shivamogga BJP MLA S N Channabasappa visited the houses in the Ragi Gudda area damaged during the stone-pelting and alleged the involvement of outsiders. He expressed concerns about the city becoming a hub for those seeking to spread terror.

To ensure peace and security, a substantial police presence has been deployed in the communally sensitive city, with at least 12 platoons of District Armed Reserve (DAR), two platoons of RAF, two platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP), and 2,500 police officers stationed across the city.

Shivamogga has witnessed previous incidents of communal tension, including the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha in February 2022 and a series of stabbing incidents related to the display of banners and posters featuring the controversial freedom fighter Veer Savarkar.

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