NCB net IT-drug cartel in Salt Lake City
The arrest has raised questions about the functioning of some companies under the garb of IT and ITs, reports Sujit Nath.india Updated: Feb 13, 2007 00:15 IST
Officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have arrested the director of an IT company of Salt Lake Sector V in connection with an international drug racket on Monday. The arrest has raised serious questions about the functioning of some companies under the garb of IT and ITs.
The person has been identified as Sanjay Kedia (33) and was arrested from his office Xponse Technologies limited located at Kariwala Towers at J1/5 Block EP Sech Bhawan Salt Lake City.
In this context state IT minister Debesh Das said, “All IT companies comes through official procedure and with valid documents. If someone apart from IT business doing something else in other places, then it is difficult for us to trace them out. As far as I know so far I have not came across any company who are doing something else in the name of IT in Salt Lake’s sector five.”
A senior CID officer said, “The problem is to run an IT company no license required. And therefore there is no provision of keeping an eye on the unless there is a specific complain.”
Investigation revealed that Kedia also runs another set of IT companies called Xponse IT Services Private Limited and Xponse Technologies limited located at module number-103, SDF Building, Block-GP and in DA 118, located at Salt Lake’s sector five respectively.
The company used to deal with software export and import. However, it's not clear whether he used to run any call centre or not. Preliminary investigation suggests that Sanjay exported few of the software to the illegal drug dealers in USA.
“We won’t comment much about his involvement in to the matter as this could hamper our investigation. But it’s true that we have some evidence, which suggests his involvement in the international drug racket,” a senior NCB officer said.
The arrest was made following a tip off from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US. Sources said, few days ago FBI tipped the NCB officers in Kolkata that Sanjay is having link with the some of the dealers who manufactured banned drugs in USA.
Immediately, the officers swung into action and since then NCB officers were keeping a close watch on him. After collecting concrete evidences the NCB officers decided to arrest him.
“On Monday afternoon a team of officers raided his office in Salt Lake and successfully managed to arrest him. Initially Sanjay acted smart but after evidences were produced he agreed to co-operate in the investigation,” a senior NCB officer said.
The NCB officers seized Sanjay’s laptop, mobile phone, passport and cash more than Rs 20 lakhs. The investigation officers are trying to get his call details to find out identity of persons through, which is was in touch in abroad.
“He was produced before Judge Somnath Chatterjee at Barasat court and remanded in judicial custody till February 26,” public prosecutor Hira Lal Bhattacharya said.
Earlier in November 16, 2006, the officers of NCB arrested two persons identified as Vincent Chang, a Chinese national with an Indian passport, and Michel Suanpu from Manipur in connection international drug racket. The duo used to run an illegal drug laboratory in a moving truck. They used to manufacture Amphetamine tablets.
Then the NCB officers seized contraband narcotics estimated to be worth Rs 300 crore loaded in a container at Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited’s godown in Netaji Subhash Road.
In May 2003, five international drug dealers including two Chinese and there Mayanmarese were arrested from former CBI director Upen Biswas’s house in Salt Lake. They used to stay as tenants and were involved in the manufacturing controlled psychotropic drugs.
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