Kiran Gosavi, the NCB witness in the Mumbai drugs-on-cruise case, was on Thursday arrested in Pune, moments after he was detained in connection with a 2018 cheating case, reported the ANI news agency, citing Amitabh Gupta, the police commissioner of Pune. Confirming the development, Gupta told the news agency, “A charge sheet was filed in the 2018 cheating case in 2019, but if we get more complaints against him, fresh offences will be registered.”
Prabhakar Sail, a bodyguard of NCB witness Kiran Gosavi, had earlier alleged that Gosavi took ₹50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship. Gosavi however, has denied the allegations.
Prior to his arrest, Gosavi, via a video statement, said, “I would like to say something about Prabhakar Sail (one of the witnesses in the Aryan Khan case who has alleged that he was made to sign on a blank statement by the NCB). He is lying. Whatever allegations he has made are false. Who spoke with Sam D’Souza? And who took how much money? What are the offers that Prabhakar Sail has received in the last five days? This all will be clearly understood from his call and chat records.
He added, “The CDR report and mobile conversation of Prabhakar Sail and his brothers should be checked. If I had told Prabhakar to bring money from one place to another, check my mobile chats too. I have a business of import and export and before (Oct 2), I might have told him. But it’s my request to check all chats and CDRs of Sail after October 2. He must have deleted it but that can be recovered.”
While questions were raised about Gosavi’s involvement in the NCB raid, it was revealed that one Chinmay Deshmukh, a resident of Kasba Peth in Pune, had lodged a first information report (FIR) against him at the Faraskhana police station on May 29, 2018.
According to the FIR, Gosavi had posted an advertisement about hotel management jobs on social media platforms and Deshmukh got in touch with him. Gosavi allegedly assured him that he would provide a job to Deshmukh in Malaysia and then asked him to transfer Rs 3.09 lakh to a bank account, citing various reasons, between November 2017 and March 2018.
Meanwhile, Gosavi was also named as an accused in three more cases of cheating, including one at Andheri police station in Mumbai in 2007 and two at Kapurbawdi police station in Thane in 2015 and 2016.