NCB officer Sameer Wankhede filed a petition in the Bombay High Court on Thursday, claiming that he was being personally assaulted by the Maharashtra government and requesting relief from the probe.
“I am being personally attacked by the state. My apprehension is that the state will arrest me any day. I want interim protection in the form of no coercive relief,” Wankhede told the Bombay high court.”I am not a drug peddler. I am a Zonal Director. Give the probe to the CBI or NIA but stop the vilification. The section specifically requires the protection of a central government officer. The law requires the court to step in and protect me if my rights are likely to be violated,” Wankhede said.
The HC order says, It is not necessary to go deeper into the controversy in view of the statement made by the Public Prosecutor, on instructions, that before taking any coercive steps against the Petitioner (Wankhede) such as arrest, three working days notice will be given to the Petitioner.”” Her statement would suffice for the purpose of the petition. “The Writ Petition is disposed of accordingly,” said the HC after hearing Nanda assisted by advocate Sujay Kantawala and Hakeem.
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