SC commission seeks response from government, Wankhede alleges harassment

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Friday sought a response from the Maharashtra government on a letter written by the zonal director of NCB. Sameer Wankhede accused of harassment. The letter sought a response from the government within seven days, failing which it would issue summons.

In a letter undersigned by NCSC Director AK Sahu addressed to MHA Secretary, Maharashtra Chief Secretary, DGP and Mumbai Police Commissioner, a response has been sought on the representation of Wankhede.

The letter states, “Whereas the National Commission for Scheduled Castes has received a complaint/information dated 26.10.2021 from Shri Sameer Dayandev Wankhede, as attached and the Commission has decided to investigate/investigate the matter in pursuance of the powers.” It is provided under Article 338 of the Constitution of India.”

It said, “You are requested to submit the action taken report within 7 days from the receipt of this notice either by fax/postal/email or in person to the undersigned.” The information sought includes such details as to whether an FIR has been registered in the matter.

The letter further read, “Please note that if the Commission does not receive a reply from you within the stipulated time, the Commission may exercise the powers of civil courts under Article 338 of the Constitution of India and issue summons to you.” to appear in person or by representation before the Commission.”

Wankhede had written to the commission alleging harassment following “revelations” made by NCP minister Nawab Malik. The minister had alleged that Wankhede was a Muslim and had secured a job in the IRS claiming to be from a Scheduled Caste. Malik had alleged that Wankhede’s father’s name was Dawood and not Gyandev. Wankhede has denied all the allegations.

Meanwhile, the NCB’s vigilance team had recorded the statements of eight people till Friday. The team is investigating the Wankhede following allegations in connection with the raid on the cruise ship from where actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested.