The Delhi Vigilance Team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), probing bribery allegations in Mumbai’s Cordelia cruise drugs case, on Monday called independent witness Prabhakar Cell to record his statement. An official said on Sunday that the NCB had issued summons to the cell on Sunday. He has been directed to appear before the Vigilance team at 2 pm on Monday.
The vigilance team comprising seven officers will reach Mumbai from Delhi on Monday morning, the official said. This team will record the statement of the cell in the mess of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in suburban Bandra. In the past, the allegations of SAIL had prompted the NCB to order a vigilance inquiry against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede and others.
SAIL, who claims to be the bodyguard of NCB witness KP Gosavi, had claimed in an affidavit last month that it had heard Gosavi discussing a payment deal worth Rs 25 crore after NCB arrested Aryan Khan. SAIL claimed that Gosavi had said that Rs 8 crore of the deal was to be given to Samir Wankhede, zonal director of NCB Mumbai.
However, Sameer Wankhede has denied the allegations of recovery against him. Last month, a vigilance team led by NCB Deputy Director General (Northern Zone) Dnyaneshwar Singh had come to Mumbai to probe the allegations of extortion, but failed to record SAIL’s statement. Dnyaneshwar Singh is also the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of NCB.
Before leaving for Delhi, the team recorded the statements of eight people, including Wankhede, and collected some important documents and recordings related to the cruise drugs case, an official said. Meanwhile, the SIT team of Delhi NCB, which had recently taken over the probe into the cruise drugs case, visited the Cordelia cruise ship where the party was organized on October 2. The SIT is headed by Sanjay Singh, a senior IPS officer and DDG Operations Head at NCB Headquarters.