Mumbai, April 28: Former Bollywood actress Mamata Kulkarni has embroiled herself into a major controversy as her husband Vicky Goswami has emerged to be an international drug lord.
According to media reports, Thane police has confirmed that Goswami is involved international drug racket, after investigating a massive drug overhaul this month. [Who is Vicky Goswami?]
He is wanted by the United States' Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for drug offences, as 18.5 tonne of Ephedrine and 2.5 tonne of acetic anhydride worth Rs 2,500 crore has been seized in the international market.
DEA has joined hands with the Thane police, after huge amounts of drugs were found from Solapur factory.
US Drug Enforcement Agency officials also visited Thane police commissioner's office on Wednesday, April 27. So far, eight people including a NIgerian national have been arrested in connection with the case.
Media reported that Goswami, who is presently in Kenya, will soon be extradited. Othe rhigh profile masterminds who have been arrested are-- Manoj Jain - director of Avon Lifesciences Limited office in Solapur MIDC, Punit Shringi, manager of the unit, and Pradeep Singh Gill, transporter of drugs in various states. Jian had reportedly met Vicky several times in Kenya.
Meanwhile, Thane police is also probing the role of Mamta in the alleged drug cartel scandal. A news report published in TOI said while quoting a Thane police officer, "As Vicky cannot leave Kenya because of an Interpol notice against him, he asked Mamta to meet clients in Dubai, Singapore, South Africa and the US."
Vicky also used Mamta's name in carrying out bank transactions and drug business deals in Maharashtra.
In 2014, Mamta, alongwith her husband was detained by Kenya police on the charges of drug trafficking in Kenya.
Goswani had earlier been imprisoned in Dubai for drug-related offences, but was later released on the grounds of good conduct.
Goswani was jailed in 1997 for trafficking about 11.5 tonne of Mandrax and was sentenced to 25 years of life imprisonment in UAE. He was released on November 15, 2012.
In 2012, Mamta had married 52-year-old Vicky while he was serving his sentence in a Dubai jail.
As per reports, Mamta converted to Islam after getting married to Goswami and shifted to Nairobi with him. Before this Mamata lead an anonymous life in Dubai for sometime.