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    Agencies turning into monsters that cannot be controlled: P Chidambaram on NCB

    Time has come to rein in these agencies and make them work within the limits of law, says Chidambaram

    Time has come to rein in these agencies and make them work within the limits of law, says Chidambaram

    In the Aryan Khan-NCB raid saga, the focus has shifted to Sameer Wankhede, with NCP leader Nawab Malik leveling corruption charges against the NCB officer. Questions have been raised on the Narcotics Control Bureau using private investigators linked to the BJP in the case.

    An eyewitness has alleged that he heard about an alleged payment of Rs 8 crore to NCB’s Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede to implicate Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan. The NCB has denied the allegations, but the opposition has been relentless in questioning the role of central agencies in such cases.

    Congress leaders also compared the recent drug bust at the Adani airport to the allegation that the ruling BJP was using central agencies as political weapons.

    Terming the recent incidents “alarming”, former Union Home Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram told News9 that every central agency is violating laws.

    “I am very worried. Freedom is far from these agencies. Earlier, only CBI was accused of bias. Now every agency is working outside its jurisdiction, every agency is violating the law- CBI ED, Income Tax Department, NIA, NCB,” Chidambaram said in an exclusive interview to Newsinnovative.

    “We are creating agencies that can become monsters that can be difficult to control. It is time to rein in these agencies and ensure that they work within the limits of law and follow due process of law. Do. Process is not the maid of law. , it is the essence of enforcing a criminal law. Without process, criminal law would be a monster,” said Chidambaram, who in the past as home minister and finance minister oversees the work of agencies .

    Referring to the recent raids conducted by the Enforcement Directorate, he said the agencies are working on the premise that every person is presumed guilty till proven innocent.

    “These agencies have little respect for the process and they only apply the substantive law with vengeance. For example, the NCB prosecutor told the court that the presumption that every man is innocent till proven guilty, on the NDPS Act Does not apply. The presiding judge should have been equally shocked,” said the former minister.

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