Non-bailable warrant issued against Mamta Kulkarni in 2000 crore drug case

The Thane Police on Tuesday issued a Non-bailable warrant has been issued by a special court against former Bollywood actress Mamta kulkarni and alleged international drug mafia Vijaygiri aka Vijay Goswami in a 2,000 Cr drug bust case.

The investigating officers claim to have gotten ‘clinching evidence’ against the duo, based on which they intend to file a chargesheet. The non-bailable warrants were issued by a special court led by H M patwardhan on Monday.

Mamta Kulkarni

Both Kulkarni and Goswami are on the run ever since their names cropped up in the drug case.

On April 13, 2016, the police arrested two people with Ephedrine worth Rs12 lakh and later busted a racket that was worth Rs2,000 crore at a Avon Pharma Life Sciences Private Limited’s factory in Solapur. Till now, 14 people have been arrested in the case, while five accused are abroad, including Mamta Kulkarni.

Special public prosecutor Shishir Hiray, appearing for the prosecution, in a marathon submission to the special court sought the warrant, and informed the court that they have ample evidence against the duo and their involvement in the drug racket as a prime accused.

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Hiray pointed out that based on the interrogation of arrested accused, Kulkarni and Goswami are main players in the case and they had set up a well-oiled drug cartel, right from procuring raw material of ephedrine from India and even planned transportation and manufacture of methamphetamine in Kenya.

The prosecutor told the court that the arrested accused, Jai Mukhi and Kishor Sinh Rathod, during the probe had mentioned a meeting in a hotel in Kenya, wherein a deal was struck between Goswami, his aides, the Akasha brothers, Mamta, former director of a pharma company, Manoj Jain, Jai Mukhi and Abdullah, were present. “Ample technical evidence, call records are in possession of the investigators and various facts have been revealed during questioning of the arrested accused and statements made by them,” Hiray told the court.

He pointed out that Mukhi’s version was coraborated by another accused, Kishorsinh Rathod, son of a former Congress MLA from Gujarat, who was arrested in January after nine months on the run.”They also had plans to make Mamta a director of Avon Life Sciences Pvt Ltd,” Hiray told the court.

The police, from time-to-time visited the addresses of Mamta and Goswami and even statements of people who knew them were recorded. Hiray produced a case diary for the court’s satisfaction too. Finally, the court on Monday issued the warrants against the duo.

Goswami is in US custody. In January, Goswami, Ibrahim and Baktash Akasha as well as Gulam Hussein were extradited from Kenya to the US.

Mamta’s involvement was refuted in September 2016  by a bunch of domestic and international lawyers.

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