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Maha Minister Nawab Malik Alleges BJP Links in Aryan Khan Arrest; NCB Reacts

The NCB has called Nawab Malik's allegations 'baseless' and full of 'malice'.

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Nawab Malik has alleged that BJP leaders are part of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raid that took place onboard a Mumbai cruise on Saturday night. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan has been arrested after the raid.

Reacting to the allegations, the NCB told the media that the two individuals named by Malik are independent witnesses. One person in question, Manish Bhanushali, told ANI that he will file a defamation case against Malik and that BJP has nothing to do with the arrests.

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Nawab Malik Questions Presence of Two People During Aryan Khan's Arrest

During a press conference held on Wednesday, 6 October, Malik claimed that a person named KP Gosavi was seen bringing in Aryan Khan to the NCB office. He also clicked selfie with Aryan, Malik told reporters. After the selfie went viral, NCB released a statement saying that the person has nothing to do with the agency. Malik shared a screenshot of Gosavi's Facebook profile, wherein the latter claims to be a 'private detective agent'.

Malik added that another video shows a person escorting Arbaaz Merchantt, who has been held along with Aryan, to the NCB office. He alleged that the said person is Manish Bhanushali, vice president of some wing of BJP. Malik also showed photos of the men with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Devendra Fadnavis and others.

Malik demanded that the NCB should answer as to what private people like Gosavi and Bhanushali were doing during a high-profile raid.

The minister further stated that Bhanushali was in Gujarat on 21 and 22 September when drugs were seized at the Mundra port. "He was in Gujarat Mantralay till 28 and then went to Delhi. What was Bhanushali doing in Gujarat ? Why was he meeting Gujarat ministers?" Malik asked during the press conference.

Congress spokesperson and general secretary Sachin Sawant took to Twitter to echo Malik's claims and shared a video which shows Arbaaz Merchantt and Aryan Khan being escorted by the said individuals.

Sawant also questioned whether the 'real goal' was to divert attention from the 'Mundra drug seize'.

Maha Minister Nawab Malik Alleges BJP Links in Aryan Khan Arrest; NCB Reacts

Here are some photos that were shown by Nawab Malik at the press conference:

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Nawab Malik has questioned the presence of one KP Gosavi during the NCB raid.</p></div>

Nawab Malik has questioned the presence of one KP Gosavi during the NCB raid.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Malik has claimed that a private person named KP Gosavi escorted Aryan Khan to the NCB office &amp; even clicked a selfie with him.</p></div>

Malik has claimed that a private person named KP Gosavi escorted Aryan Khan to the NCB office & even clicked a selfie with him.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The NCB had released a statement saying that Gosavi has nothing to do with the agency.</p></div>

The NCB had released a statement saying that Gosavi has nothing to do with the agency.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Malik claimed that another person present at the NCB office was&nbsp;Manish Bhanushali, vice president of some wing of BJP.</p></div>

Malik claimed that another person present at the NCB office was Manish Bhanushali, vice president of some wing of BJP.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Malik shared some photos of the person he claimed to be KP Gosavi and demanded an answer from the NCB as to why he was present during a high-profile raid.</p></div>

Malik shared some photos of the person he claimed to be KP Gosavi and demanded an answer from the NCB as to why he was present during a high-profile raid.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The people named by Malik in his allegations.</p></div>

The people named by Malik in his allegations.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Malik shared photos of Bhanushali with Home Minister Amit Shah.</p></div>

Malik shared photos of Bhanushali with Home Minister Amit Shah.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Malik also claimed that BJP leaders were part of the NCB raid.</p></div>

Malik also claimed that BJP leaders were part of the NCB raid.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Bhanushali with Devendra Fadnavis, shared with the media.</p></div>

Bhanushali with Devendra Fadnavis, shared with the media.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>During the presser, Malik shared photos of Bhanushali with PM Narendra Modi.</p></div>

During the presser, Malik shared photos of Bhanushali with PM Narendra Modi.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The NCB has reacted saying that both the people are 'independent witnesses'.</p></div>

The NCB has reacted saying that both the people are 'independent witnesses'.

(Photo: Ritvick Bhalekar)

No Drugs Were Seized During Raid, Alleges Malik

The minister also claimed that no drugs were seized during the raid. "There was no seizure made on the cruise. All the photos released are ones clicked in the NCB office. This is just to frame Bollywood celebrities and defame the MVA govt. The raid by NCB on the cruise was fake", Nawab Malik claimed.

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'We Have Done Everything as Per Law': NCB

Calling Nawab Malik's allegations 'baseless' NCB Deputy DG Gyaneshwar Singh told reporters, "Some allegations levelled against the organisation are baseless and seem to have been done with malice and probable prejudice that may have been harboured in retaliation against earlier legal action carried out by the NCB".

The NCB rubbished claims about BJP-linked members being part of the cruise raid. "Independent witnesses were part of probe, and Gosavi was one of them. All punchnamas have been made as per the process of law, which allows you to include independent witnesses", Singh said.

Singh added that drugs were indeed recovered from the raid.

"The NCB Mumbai team raided the international cruise terminal Green Gate Mumbai & Cordelia Cruises ship and intercepted 8 people on the spot along with various drugs like cocaine, charas, MDMA".
Gyaneshwar Singh, NCB Deputy DG

Reiterating that all the procedures carried out by NCB are 'professional and unbiased', Singh said at the press conference, "If they (NCP) want to go the court, they can go & seek justice. We will reply there. We have done everything as per law".

Will File a Defamation Case Against Malik: Manish Bhanushali

BJP worker Manish Bhanushali, against whom Malik made the allegations, told ANI, "NCP leader Nawab Malik has levelled wrong allegations against me. BJP has nothing to do with the arrests. I received information on 1 October that a drugs party was to be held. I was with NCB officers (in the ship) for updated information".

Bhanushali added, "I don't have any official position in the BJP. Being an active citizen of the country I gave this information. I got to know that last month one of Nawab Malik's relatives was held by the NCB in a drugs case. I will file a defamation case against Malik. He has put my life in danger. I will request the authorities to provide me security".

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