Sameer Wankhede

Indian law-enforcement officer

Sameer Wankhede
Born1979 [1]
OccupationIRS officer
  • Shabana Qureshi
    (m. 2006; div. 2016)
  • Kranti Redkar
    (m. 2017)

Sameer Wankhede is an Indian officer of the Indian Revenue Service from 2008 batch.[5] Until 2021, he worked as Zonal Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).[6] Prior to joining NCB, he worked with the National Investigation Agency and the Air Intelligence Unit.[6]


In 2013, it was reported that he received death threats allegedly from the drug mafia but he refused security cover after his seniors approached for it. Wankhede said the move could demoralise the force.[7][6][8][9]

He also led the investigation of Cordelia drug case.[10]

By 31 December 2021, Wankhede’s attachment period with the NCB expired.[11]

On May 2022, Wankhede was transferred to Chennai.[12]

Personal life

He is married to Marathi actress Kranti Redkar.[4][13] He has a son from his first wife Dr. Shabana Qureshi.[3][14]


  1. ^ "In allegations against Sameer Wankhede, questions of religion, conversion, in eligibility for SC quota". The Indian Express. 28 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Sameer Wankhede—Mumbai's Singham". India Today. 24 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b "'My father is Hindu and my mother was Muslim': Sameer Wankhede after 'slanderous attacks' by Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik". Free Press Journal. 25 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b "NCB officer Sameer Wankedhe's wife Kranti Redkar Wankhede was Ajay Devgn's 'Gangajal' co-star, know all about her". DNA India. 7 October 2021.
  5. ^ MumbaiOctober 24, Saurabh Vaktania; October 24, 2021UPDATED; Ist, 2021 23:41. "IRS officer behind drug-busts: All you need to know about NCB's Sameer Wankhede and his family". India Today. Retrieved 27 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ a b c "Behind the scenes: Who is Sameer Wankhede, the man investigating Aryan Khan? And why is actress Kranti Redkar proud of him?". The Economic Times.
  7. ^ "Top customs official refuses security cover despite death threats". 13 February 2013.
  8. ^ "IPS officer runs campaign against tax evaders". The Sunday Guardian. 30 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Confident of Conviction in Sushant Singh Rajput Case, Says NCB's Sameer Wankhede". News18.
  10. ^ "Aryan Khan Case Officer Alleges Targeted Over "Dead Mother, Her Religion"". Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  11. ^ Bhardwaj, Ananya (3 January 2022). "Sameer Wankhede 'detached' from NCB, will report back to revenue intelligence as 'loan' ends". ThePrint.
  12. ^ "NCB's ex-zonal chief Sameer Wankhede transferred to Chennai". Hindustan Times. 31 May 2022.
  13. ^ Delhi October 11, Arvind Ojha New. "Leading probe into cruise drugs case, NCB zonal head Sameer Wankhede gets six-month extension". India Today.
  14. ^ "Ending drug menace not possible with NCB alone, citizens have to report it, says Kranti Redkar Wankhede". Deccan Herald. 6 October 2021. Retrieved 25 October 2021.