The Key Witness In Mumbai Cruise Ship Drugs Raid Case Appears Before Crime Branch

Prabhakar Sail, a crucial witness in the Mumbai cruise ship narcotics raid case whose shocking accusations threw the elevated inquiry into disarray, stood before Mumbai crime branch officers on Monday morning and spoke with the senior commissioner of cops Milind Bharambe.

Crime scene private detective KP Gosavi, who supposedly escorted the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) personnel to the raid on a passenger ship in Mumbai, engaged Sail as a personal bodyguard and is now apparently missing.

Sail said in a declaration submitted in a local Mumbai court on Sunday that he overheard Gosavi discussing an $8 million pay-off to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai-based zonal director Sameer Wankhede in the narcotics raid lawsuit concerning Bollywood celebrity Shah Rukh Khan's child Aryan Khan. The charges were, nevertheless, refuted by the chief Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official.

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Wankhede, on the other hand, addressed Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale on Sunday, requesting security from every court proceedings being prepared against him by unidentified individuals to wrongly accuse him.

Sail claimed in his declaration that he fears for his life since KP Gosavi has gone missing, and he now worries that Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers and those implicated would kill or kidnap him.

Sail also stated in his affidavit that he heard Gosavi and a man named Sam D'Souza attempting to resolve the cruise ship narcotics discovery case for reportedly Rupees Eighteen crore.

On Wankhede's order, an officer collected Sail's signatures on 10 meaningless documents when he was summoned to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office as a witness in the case.

Immediately after Sail's confirmed revelations leaked, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut posted a clip of Aryan Khan speaking with Gosavi while in Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) detention, urging the officers to take suo moto notice of the charges of monetary aggregates.

Nationalist Congress Party India leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik charged the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of executing false raids and vowed to have the charges investigated by a special investigative team.

Likewise, Atul Londhe, the Maharashtra Congress's main spokesman, said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) administration at the federal level has been exploiting federal agencies against non-Bhartiya Janata Party administration and politicians.

"Prabhakar Sail's declaration has reinstated it." The federal authorities were utilised for political benefit in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput, and they are just being utilized for political advantage in the case of Aryan Khan. We ask the government to adopt suo moto cognizance of the whole affair for the benefit of the Charter since these instances have presented a danger to democracies," Londhe said.

Aryan Khan was detained on 3rd October and committed to judicial prison on 7th October after the raid on the Goa-bound Cordelia cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai. Even though he was not caught with any narcotics, all of his bail requests have been denied thus far.

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) authorities apprehended at least eight persons, including Arbaz Seth Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, in addition to Khan.