A Special NDPS Court here has ordered the confiscation of assets belonging to absconding former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni who has accused in India’s biggest ever drug racket case alongwith her husband Vicky Goswami.
The special court judge, HM Patwardhan, last week ordered the attachment of three plush flats owned by Ms Kulkarni in various areas of Mumbai, after she failed to appear before the court in connection with the drug case. The present value of these flats is said to be around Rs. 20 crore.
The court has declared Kulkarni as absconding as she failed to appear before it in connection with the nearly Rs 2,000 crore drug bust case.
During the investigations of the case – which had international ramifications – the name of Mamta Kulkarni cropped up and subsequently, she was named one of the main accused in the case.
On June 6 last year, Goswami and Kulkarni were declared as proclaimed absconders by a Thane court and the police had subsequently moved the court to attach the actor’s properties.
Hirey said the application seeking attachment of properties was kept pending and an opportunity was given to both the accused to appear before the court.
However, since later it became apparent that they were not likely to appear before the court, the judge directed for attachment of Kulkarni’s properties.
The drug racket came to light when police seized around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine, worth approximately Rs 2,000 crore, after raiding the premises of Avon Lifesciences Ltd in Maharashtra’s Solapur district in April 2016.
According to the police, ephedrine, which is a controlled drug, was allegedly being diverted from the Solapur unit of Avon Lifesciences and sent abroad after processing.
Ephedrine powder is used for sniffing and to produce the popular party drug methamphetamine. Just before the racket was unearthed, 100 kg of ephedrine was manufactured at Avon Lifesciences’ premises and dispatched by air to Kenya.