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Petition in Supreme Court regarding cruise drugs case, demand for CBI investigation and protection of witnesses

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The case of Mumbai cruise drugs has now reached the Supreme Court. A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a CBI inquiry into the Mumbai Drugs Cruise case. It has been alleged in the petition that there has been interference in the ongoing investigation of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in this matter. There are many more accused in this case including Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan. Aryan Khan came out on Saturday after being in jail for almost 25 days.

The entire investigation of the cruise drugs case has come under controversy when a Narcotics Control Bureau witness has come before the media to make several serious allegations. Apart from this, Nawab Malik, a minister in the Maharashtra government and NCP leader, has been targeting this NCB from the very beginning and has also made many allegations against Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.

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The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has also sought a direction to the Union Home Ministry to prepare a National Witness Protection Scheme as recommended in various reports of the Law Commission. Aryan Khan, along with co-accused Arbaaz Merchant and fashion model Munmun Dhamecha, was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on Thursday, 25 days after they were arrested during a drug raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.

The PIL, filed by advocate ML Sharma, refers to the allegations leveled by Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik against NCB officer Sameer Wankhede and others. Advocate Sharma has demanded a CBI inquiry into the entire matter. Apart from seeking a CBI inquiry, the plea has also sought a direction to provide “protection to all witnesses” in the case immediately.

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