There were several “irregularities” in the investigation of the drugs-on-cruise case involving Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, an internal report by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has found, flagging “suspicious behaviour” on the part of seven to eight officers of the agency.
The revelations are the second major embarrassment for the agency following one in May this year, when, eight months after his sensational arrest and spending over three weeks in jail, Aryan Khan was cleared of all charges and the NCB admitting they had not been able to find “sufficient evidence” against him and five others.
Aryan Khan was among 20 people arrested last October from a cruise ship off Mumbai, and drugs had been found on some of those arrested.
In November, the NCB headquarters removed Sameer Wankhede from the probe and transferred the case and five more from Mumbai to a Delhi-based SIT formed under its Deputy Director General Sanjay Kumar Singh. Mr Wankhede and his unit had been accused of glaring lapses.