Sameer Wankhede acquitted in caste-cheating case


New Delhi: The caste inquiry committee has given a clean chit to Sameer Wankhede, former director of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai zone, an official said on Saturday. Wankhede was being investigated for using fake caste certificates to apply for government jobs.

An official said that the social justice department of the Maharashtra government issued this order on Friday.

Wankhede was not brought up as a Muslim

According to the order, Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Sameer Wankhede was not raised as a Muslim. It was proved that he is a member of the Mahar community which is a Scheduled Caste (SC).

Former Maharashtra minister and current NCP leader Nawab Malik raised the issue of Wankhede’s caste. An influential political figure Manoj Sansare as well as Ashok and Sanjay Kamble filed complaints against Wankhede.

The Mumbai District Caste Certificate Verification Committee reviewed the concerns on Friday before issuing the order.

Conversion to Islam not established

According to the judgment, Wankhede and his father Gyandev Wankhede’s renunciation of Hinduism and subsequent conversion to Islam was not established.

The ruling said it has been established that Wankhede and his father are members of the Mahar-37 Scheduled Caste.

The judgment said that the objections presented by Nawab Malik and others regarding the religion of Wankhede’s caste claim and caste certificate are not supported by the evidence, and consequently the complaints are being dismissed.

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