National Congress Party leader Nawab Malik on Tuesday has accused NCB official Sameer Wankhede of illegal phone tapping and said that he will hand over a letter on the official’s misdeeds’ to the agency chief.
Malik alleged that “Sameer Wankhede through two persons in Mumbai and Thane is illegally intercepting the mobile phones of some people.”
Malik who has been targetting Wankhede after his son-in-law’s arrest, also claimed that the officer had sought the Call Detail Record (CDR) of his family member from the police.
In his affidavit submitted to a Mumbai court on Monday, Wankhede claimed he was under a “lurking threat of arrest as it does not suit some vested interests for conducting an honest and impartial investigation”.
The NCB director also claimed that he was being personally targeted by a popular political figure (Malik), and the reason he can fathom is that the drugs controller had arrested “this person’s son-in-law Sameer Khan”.
The Maharashtra minister said he is forwarding a letter to the agency’s Director-General (DG) S N Pradhan, written by someone in NCB about the various illegal activities of Wankhede’.
The NCB should investigate the 26 allegations in the letter claiming an extortion racket’ being run within the anti-drugs agency, Malik said.
The minister tweeted, “As a responsible citizen I will be forwarding this letter to DG Narcotics requesting him to include this letter in the investigation being conducted on Sameer Wankhede.”
On Monday, Malik had claimed that Sameer Wankhede is a Muslim by birth and his real name is ‘Sameer Dawood Wankhede’.
The minister had uploaded birth certificate of Wankhede and alleged that the latter had forged documents.
Wankhede’s father, however later said that his name is Dnyandev and not Dawood, as claimed by Malik.
Speaking to PTI on Monday, Malik said, “I have all the authentic documents to prove that Sameer Wankhede was born into a Muslim family, but he forged his identity and sought a job under the Scheduled Caste category. As per the law, Dalits who are converted to Islam do not get the quota privilege, thus Wankhede has denied the job opportunity to a genuine person from the Schedule Caste.”
A legal probe into the matter will be initiated soon, Malik said.
On the NCB official’s father saying his name is not Dawood, the minister said it is true that Wankhede’s father Dnyandev Wankhede was born into a Dalit family in Washim district (earlier Akola) and he later joined state Excise department.
“But, he married a Muslim woman here in Mumbai by converting himself to Islam and accepted the name Dawood. He has two children. However, Dnyandev had an afterthought and he used his father’s certificate to obtain all the documents in the name of Dnyandev Wankhede so that his children would benefit,” the NCP leader claimed, according to reports by the agency.
Malik said if he has produced fake documents, then Dnyandev should show the birth certificate of Sameer and prove his side.
“I am challenging Dnyandev Wankhede to produce the caste certificate of his son,” he said.
Further stating that after 26 January 1950, Malik noted that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had said although he was born as Hindu, he would not die as a Hindu.
He said, “The then Union government immediately issued a presidential order stating that reservation benefits in government jobs would be applicable to Dalits from Hindu religion only.”
“Subsequently, the Kabir and Sikh sects got exempted from the order. The last change was brought in by late PM V P Singh, who exempted Dalits converted to Buddhism.”
However, the Indian law does not offer similar quota benefits to the SC persons converted to Islam or Christianity, the Maharashtra minister said.
Thus, Dnyandev Wankhede, who “became Dawood by accepting Islam”, malki said adding that he cannot seek the quota benefits. “It is the sole reason why I am calling his documents bogus,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
He alleged that NCB director Sameer Wankhede and few of his colleagues were involved into some “extortion racket”.
“Their recent visit to Maldives was for the same reason. I believe the amount was as high as Rs 1,000 crore,” Malik claimed.
(Inputs from PTI)