Maharashtra police have issued non-bailable warrants against former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni and her husband Vicky Goswami, who is also an alleged International drug mafia. Both Vicky and Mamta are accused in the Rs 2,000 crore ephedrine drugs haul case.
Thane police had conducted raids at the Avon Lifesciences office in Solapur last year and had seized around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine which was worth over Rs 2,000 crore. A leading news agency quoted police saying, “ephedrine was being diverted from Avon Lifesciences to a Kenya-based drug cartel headed by Goswami where it was used to make party-drug Methamphetamine.”
However, the duo is said to be based outside India. Mamta Kulkarni’s role in the case was confirmed based on a few statements made by some of their co-accused in the case. The accused have in their statements mentioned that Goswami and Kulkarni often held meetings.
However, Kulkarni denied all allegations against her pleading innocence. “I have never engaged in any act contrary to the principles of Indian statutes and am a victim of high-handedness, crude, unprofessional and unethical conspiracy by the officers of the US’s Drug Enforcement Administration and the Thane police,” Kulkarni said.
She even wrote to the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju wherein she demanded that a probe must be held against the Maharashtra Police to unearth the reasons behind dragging her name into the drugs case.
Interestingly, Mamta along with Vicky was detained by Kenyan authorities on the charge of drug trafficking in 2014. Goswami was earlier convicted for 25 years in the United Arab Emirates in 1997 in relation to a drug case but was released in November 2012 on grounds of good conduct. He married Mamta Kulkarni in 2013 and the duo has since then been reported to be based in Mombasa in Kenya.