NCB SIT chief Sanjay Singh, who cleared Aryan Khan in drug case, shocks nation by taking VRS

Sanjay Kumar Singh is currently leading an inquiry against former NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede for alleged irregularities during the investigation of two drug cases while Wankhede was in charge of the NCB Mumbai office.

NCB deputy director general (DDG) Sanjay Kumar Singh, who led an SIT that cleared actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in the drugs-on-cruise case, has opted for voluntary retirement just 8 months before his scheduled retirement. Singh, a 1996-batch IPS officer from the Odisha cadre, is currently serving as the DDG of NCB’s south-west and southern regions.

Aside from his current responsibilities, Singh is conducting an investigation into alleged irregularities committed by former NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede during two drug cases while he was in charge of the NCB Mumbai office. Singh confirmed that he has applied for VRS on February 29 for personal reasons, with the retirement becoming effective on April 30. Although his official retirement date was set for January 2025, Singh will continue in his role until the VRS takes effect.

A special investigation team led by Singh had cleared Aryan Khan and five others in May 2022 due to insufficient evidence in the drugs-on-cruise case. Aryan Khan and several others were arrested on drug charges in Mumbai in October 2021 by a team under Wankhede’s leadership. Singh has prior experience serving in the CBI.

According to AIS (DCRB) Rule, 1958, a member of service can retire after giving a three-month notice to the government upon completing 30 years of service or reaching the age of 50 or later.

With inputs from PTI

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