Shocking: Mamta Kulkarni and Vicky Goswami Declared Proclaimed Offenders
A Thane district court has issued non-bailable warrants against the duo
Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni, known for her films, Karan Arjun and Sabse Bada Khiladi, had been accused in the Rs 2,000 crore ephedrine haul case, along with her husband Vicky Goswami last year (2016). The duo were proclaimed offenders by the Thane sessions court on Tuesday earlier this week (6th June 2017).
The case initially caught public attention in April 2016, when two peddlers were arrested by the Thane police, and upon being questioned, revealed that the source of the drug was Avon Life science Pvt Ltd. in Solapur, which is allegedly owned by Goswami. This blew the lid off an International narcotics racket that led to major investigation.
Vicky Goswami is said to be an international banned substance dealer and was also jailed in Dubai, back in 1997 for illegal trafficking. It is said that Mamta would often visit her then boyfriend in jail. Goswami was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment but was then let free in 2012, on the grounds of good conduct. His history reads as a bootlegger hailing from Ahmedabad who fell in love with the Bollywood beauty and later got involved in substance trafficking, with the US DEA and the Thane Police hunting him down until now!
As reported by Indian Express, in March this year (2017), the Thane police had discovered that Ephedrine was being diverted from Avon Life science to a Kenya-based cartel, allegedly headed by Goswami.
A special public prosecutor, Shishir Hiray, said to the Time of India newspaper that the judge HM Patwardhan issued a standing warrant which declared that the accused are proclaimed offenders. The judge said that the order gives right to police to arrest the duo within 30 days from the date of issue. It was also reported that the police have been given authority to seize moveable as well as immovable properties of the accused, as well as question their relatives to carry out a full investigation.
The prime accused are believed to be absconding in Kenya at the moment, with the next court hearing set for July 10th (2017).