NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede is not targeting Bollywood, his wife Kranti Redkar told India Today on Monday. She also responded to claims made by Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik and Prabhakar Sail, an independent witness of the NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) in the Aryan Khan case.
Asked about allegations that her husband is targeting Bollywood celebrities, Kranti Redkar said, “He [Sameer Wankhede] is definitely not targeting Bollywood. He goes to Goa to carry out operations every month, there are no celebrities in Goa, he deals with hard criminals.”
She went on to add, “Why all this is happening when one certain person is interested in this case? Why have no extortion charges been levelled against him [Sameer Wankhede] in any other case? This is the first time such allegations have been made in his 15 years of service.”
Responding to allegations of ‘extortion’ levelled against her husband, Kranti Redkar said, “Sameer has never ever denied any vigilance test against him; he is always for it. If you think I [Sameer] am wrong, test it, get me proofs; show me where I have taken the money. Do you have any phone chat, a sting operation, anything to say that I want Rs 8 crore or Rs 18 crore or Rs 25 crore? Whatever amount is coming to your [independent witness’] head, you are babbling.”
“This is a total insult to an honest officer who is trying his level best with his blood and sweat to serve this nation,” she added.
Asked about the family’s foreign trips, Sameer Wankhede’s wife, Kranti Redkar, said he never went to Dubai as alleged by Nawab Malik. “He never wants to visit Dubai,” she added.
Kranti Redkar also talked about the family’s trip to the Maldives, pictures of which were shared by Nawab Malik earlier this month on social media. “The Maldives trip, we went. Me, Sameer and our children. There were no celebrities where we were staying, just us and some really normal people,” she added.
She goes on to say, “If anybody wants to know, go to court and demand whatever you want to see. Don’t do this on Twitter or Instagram, social media is not a platform to grill somebody.”
Me n my Husband Sameer r born Hindus.We hv never converted to any other religion.V respect all religions.Sameer’s father too is hindu married to my Muslim Mom in law who is no more.Sameer’s ex-marriage ws under special marriage act,divorced in 2016.Ours in hindu marriage act 2017 pic.twitter.com/BDQsyuvuI7
— Kranti Redkar Wankhede (@KrantiRedkar) October 25, 2021
“His [Sameer Wankhede’s] real cases should be reported. His entire team should be decorated. Each time they go for an operation, they are assaulted, they have bruises, their shirts are torn,” she added.
Kranti Redkar also responded to allegations made by Nawab Malik about Sameer Wankhede’s birth certificate. “We are not afraid of truths. He [Sameer Wankhede] was born a Hindu, his mother was a Muslim. His caste certificate is not faulty,” she said.
“I am very proud that someone [Sameer Wankhede] who came from a small village to Mumbai and made a mark for himself by studying and not doing any jhol jhaal. He cleared UPSC and has been given medals two or three times in his career for bravery and for his achievements. We should be proud of people who have had such humble beginnings,” Kranti Redkar said.
Pained by allegations: Sameer Wankhede’s father
Allegations against him have ‘disturbed’ him and our family, said Sameer Wankhede’s father Dnyandev Wankhede.
“He [Sameer] is very disturbed; my family is very disturbed. There is only one person behind him – Nawab Malik. I have no links with him [Malik]. Sameer’s only fault is that he arrested his [Nawab Malik’s] son-in-law [Sameer Khan] in a drug case and he [Sameer Khan] spent eight months in jail,” Dnyandev Wankhede told India Today in an exclusive interview.
Dnyandev Wankhede (75) also responded to claims made by Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik that Sameer Wankhede used “forged” documents to secure a place in the Indian Revenue Services (IRS).
Sameer Dawood Wankhede pic.twitter.com/rjdOkPs4T6
— Nawab Malik (@nawabmalikncp) October 25, 2021
“I come from a Hindu family. I had an inter-caste love marriage with a Muslim woman who was Sameer’s mother. She died six years ago. After that, I raised my son and daughter with the utmost care, I made them strong,” Dnyandev Wankhede said.
Asked about how he felt when the NCP leader claimed that his name was “Dawood”, Dnyandev Wankhede said, “I felt really bad. How would you feel if someone could make Dnyandev into Dawood?”
Dnyandev Wankhede went further to state that he spent 35 years with the state excise department and his son has been a government employee for 15 years. “No allegations were levelled against me and no allegations have been levelled against my son all this time,” added Dnyandev Wankhede.
The 75-year-old also said that young Indians who “want to be” like Sameer Wankhede must have courage. “You may get attacked or suspended, face insult, your family could be threatened,” he said.