Mamta Kulkarni loses three sprawling apartments including other properties in Mumbai because she has consistently refused to appear in a narcotics case against her, which also involves her husband Vicky Goswami.
A leading actress in 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 during her career. She had participated in a TV show and also bagged a Femina award back in the day. A Special Court has ordered the confiscation of all her immovable assets belonging to the absconding former actress. The special court's order is a fallout of one of the biggest operations in April 2016, when the Thane police busted a gang smuggling narcotic drugs worth around Rs 2,200 crore. Mamta in the main accused in the case. During the raids, the Thane police seized 18.5 tonnes of ephedrine and 2.50 tonnes acetic anhydride, both banned drugs, worth collectively around Rs 2,200 crore, from the warehouse of pharmaceutical group, Avon LifeSciences Ltd., in Solapur.
According to the investigators, ephedrine intended for making medicines was allegedly smuggled to the pharma unit and converted to narcotics, including a popular variety of a party drug. At least 10 accused have been arrested in the case, but Goswami and Mamta - both prime accused and currently believed to be living in Canada - have eluded the law so far. "However, despite repeated summons issued by the police and courts, she has failed to honour them and appear before the law. Thereafter, she and her husband were proclaimed as 'absconders' in June 2017. Later, the prosecution moved an application seeking seizure of her properties which has been accepted by the Special Court," Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hirey told IANS. Accordingly, on April 17, Special Judge Patwardhan ordered the seizure of three flats in the posh Arshi Complex, Versova, Andheri suburb owned by her, which are collectively estimated to be valued at around Rs 20 crore.
Vicky Goswami, 52, was earlier imprisoned for 25 years in the United Arab Emirates in 1997 for trafficking around 11.5 tonnes of Mandrax but was released in November 2012 on grounds of good conduct. In 2013, he married Kulkarni and then they settled in Kenya's Mombasa.