Wankhede in trouble: IRS officer faces a complaint from Excise Department, accused of taking hotel license by forgery
The license for Sadguru Hotel & Bar was fraudulently obtained by Sameer Wankhede. At the time he obtained his license, he was under 18 years old. For this, he had to be at least 21 years old.
Former NCB zonal director and IRS officer Sameer Wankhede is increasingly in trouble. Maharashtra’s Excise Department has now filed a case against Wankhede. Sameer Wankhede is accused of fraudulently obtaining the license for Sadhguru Hotel & Bar. His license had previously been revoked by Thane Collector.
Wankhede obtained a license for his hotel and bar by making false statements about his age, according to the FIR lodged at Thane’s Kopari police station. In 1996-97, he was under 18 and therefore not eligible for a license. Despite this, he claimed to be a Major in his contract with the Sadhguru Hotel in Thane.
Why was the license canceled?
The age of Sameer Wankhede’s Sadhguru Hotel was misrepresented in the 1997 license application. Upon hearing Thane’s Excise Superintendent and Wankhede’s counsel, a six-page order was passed to revoke the hotel’s license. This bar was allowed to sell alcohol.
Why was the action taken?
The Collector found that Wankhede had obtained the license for the hotel and bar on 27 October 1997 during his investigation. It is required to be 21 years old to obtain a driving license, but Wankhede was under 18 at the time, so his license was revoked.