Denying any political links to the recent drug bust at a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday said it followed all procedures during raids and the action taken was as per rule of law.
In a press conference, Gyaneshwar Singh, Deputy Director General of NCB, said the allegations levelled against the central agency were “baseless”.
“Some allegations levelled against the Organisation are baseless and seem to be with malice and probable prejudice that may have been harboured in retaliation against earlier legal actions carried out by NCB. NCB reiterates that its procedure has been and will continue to be professionally and legally transparent and unbiased,” Gyaneshwar Singh said.
The NCB statement came after the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is a member of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, alleged that there was no seizure made on the Cordelia cruise ship.
Gyaneshwar Singh said that based on a tip-off, the team of NCB Mumbai raided at International Cruise Terminal, Green Gate Mumbai and Cordelia Cruise ship on October 2 and intercepted eight people, including Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan. Others detained by the NCB were Vikrant Chhokar, Ishmeet Singh Chadha, Arbaaz A Merchant, Aryan Khan, Mohak Jaswal, Munmun Dhamecha and Nupur Satija.
The NCB said that various drugs like Cocaine, Mephedrone, Charas, Hydroponic Weed and MDMA were found on the spot along with Rs 1,33,000 in cash.
NCB details drug bust trail
The NCB said four follow-up seizures were made after the drug bust on the Cordelia Cruise.
The NCB said that based on the preliminary interrogation of accused Mohak Jaiswal, a team of NCB Mumbai conducted a raid at Jogeshwari and intercepted one person namely Abdul Kadir Shaikh with Ecstasy and a commercial quantity of Mephedrone in his possession on October 3.
The NCB also launched a follow up operation at Goregaon based on the inputs by Ishmeet Singh Chadha. The NCB intercepted one Shreyas Surendra Nair in possession of Charas on October 4.
“Further, in follow-up operations NCB Mumbai intercepted Manish Rajgaria who was invited as a guest in the ship and recovered Hydroponic Weed @ Multi strain Cannabis. NCB Mumbai also arrested one Avin Sahu who sailed in the Ship/Cruise Cordelia on consumption charges on October 4,” the NCB said in a statement.
Further, the NCB arrested four persons namely Gopal Jee Anand, Samir Sehgal, Manav Singhal and Bhaskar Arora who belonged to an event management company. The NCB also arrested Achit Kumar with Hydroponic Weed @ Multi strain Cannabis at Powai.