Mamta Kulkarni, Husband Declared Offenders in Drug Scandal 

Mamta got married to his boyfriend in 2013 and got  settled in Mombasa - Sakshi Post

Thane (Maharashtra): Former actress Mamta Kulkarni and her husband Vicky Goswami have been declared "proclaimed offenders" by a special court here, a year after she was named an accused in the Rs 2,000 crore ephedrine drugs haul case.

"It is pronounced and declared that the accused Vicky Goswami and Mamta Kulkarni are the proclaimed offenders. The immovable properties belonging to the accused be attached," ordered the Special NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Court Judge HM Patwardhan.

Accordingly, the Special Court has issued warrants under Section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Code, against the two prime accused - who are believed to be in Kenya's Mombasa city - in the case which has another eight accused and four absconders. Police will now be required to submit, within 30 days, a compliance report on the Special Court's order, which comes a month after the Thane Police informed the court that the absconding couple failed to comply with a proclamation order requiring them to appear before the court.

Mamta with Salman Khan from movie Karan Arjun

Earlier she had written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, asking them to order an inquiry against the Maharashtra Police for dragging her name into the drugs case. "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," she said in her plea to the two Union ministers. Police said that Kulkarni's name was included in the FIR after the DEA provided evidences of involvement of Moroccan and Colombian drug mafia in the case and how the Goswami-Kulkarni couple attended certain drug smuggling meetings in January-April last year.

The case surfaced in April 2016, when the Thane police effected a rich drugs haul from Mumbai, Thane and Solapur of around 18.5 tonnes of ephedrine and 2.5 tonnes of acetic anhydride, valued at more than Rs 2,000 crore, blowing the lid off a major international narcotics racket. The police have nabbed a total of 10 accused in the case, besides probing another seven wanted accused. According to the investigations, ephedrine intended was making medicines was smuggled to a pharma unit, Avon LifeSciences Ltd, Solapur and converted to narcotics, including a popular variety of a party drug. Kulkarni's alleged involvement in the racket was confirmed by some of the accused in the case.

Incidentally, Goswami and Kulkarni were detained by Kenyan authorities in 2014 on the charge of drug trafficking. Goswami, 52, was earlier imprisoned for 25 years in the United Arab Emirates in 1997 for trafficking around 11.50 tonnes of Mandrax but was released in November 2012 on grounds of good conduct. In 2013, he married Kulkarni, now 45 and they have settled in Mombasa. During the 1990s, Kulkarni was paired with some of the top Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar. She had participated in a TV show and bagged a Femina award too.

IANS

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