New Delhi: Witness in the drugs on cruise case, Kiran Gosavi, dismissed allegations of taking money from an individual after the raid, saying that they were false and the stories were fabricated to change the course of probe.
In a conversation with news agency ANI, the absconding NCB witness said, “All allegations are false. They fabricated stories to change direction (of probe).”
He alleged that it was him who was being threatened: “It is I who was being threatened that I led to his (Aryan Khan’s) arrest. I received phone calls.”
Gosavi also told the news agency that he would be surrendering to the police outside of Maharashtra and that all speculations would be cleared then. “I’m surrendering outside Maharashtra. Everything will be clear,” he said.
A private investigator, Kiran Gosavi is believed to have been present during the cruise ship raid and later at the NCB office with Aryan Khan.
He was absconding while his selfie and videos with Aryan Khan at both places were widely shared on social media and led to questions being raised about the anti-drugs agency’s investigation.
Kiran Gosavi’s statement comes after his bodyguard, Prabhakar Rohoji Sail had alleged in a video message that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship, and said, “I worked as a bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi. I assisted him during the Mumbai cruise drugs case.”
Speaking to the media on Sunday, Prabhakar Sail also claimed that Rs 25 crore was demanded by an official of the NCB and other persons, including KP Gosavi, to let off Aryan Khan in the case.
He further claimed that he had overheard Gosavi telling one Sam D’Souza over the phone, after Aryan Khan was brought to the NCB office following the October 2 raid on the cruise ship, about a demand of Rs 25 crore and “to settle at Rs 18 crore as they have to give Rs eight crore to Sameer Wankhede”, PTI reported.
Following this, the NCB today named Prabhakar Sail as a “hostile witness” in its affidavit in the NDPS court.
Meanwhile, Kiran Gosavi has been booked by the Pune police for fraud on October 18. According to the police, he had duped lakhs of rupees from people on the pretext of sending them abroad for jobs, ANI reported.
Earlier, a case was registered against him with Faraskhana police station of Pune city on May 19, 2018, for allegedly committing fraud by promising a person a job in Malaysia by taking money. He allegedly neither returned the money nor offered the job to the complainant.
The accused was booked under sections 419, 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with relevant sections of the IT Act.
(With Inputs From Agencies)