After more than a month of investigation revolving around Mamta Kulkarni in a case related to the Rs 2,000-crore ephedrine drug haul in Solapur, the Thane police is all set to include the name of the former Bollywood actor in the list of accused. If included, she will be the ninth accused in the case.
During the probe, it was found that the actor’s Andheri house maintenance charges were paid from a bank in Gujarat. The police also found that a person named Sanjeev Sharma, who is a manager with a Fort-based private bank, was the link behind depositing the maintenance money in the bank.
Earlier, Sanjeev used to pay the maintenance charges manually, but for the past few months he is depositing it through real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS). According to the police, the actor has eight bank accounts in Mumbai.
B Shelkhe, the additional commissioner of police, Thane crime branch, said, “We are in the process of including Mamta Kulkarni’s name in the case as we have found a few leads that point at her involvement. Her bank account details, expenses and investments will be probed now. The manager who used to handle things for Mamta is in Maharashtra and we have asked him to come down to the police station for a statement.”
Shelkhe added, “So far, seven accused have been arrested since the April 12 crackdown at Solapur. We initially cracked the Mumbai link and from there we went up to Solapur and found the company, Avon Pharma Lifesciences Limited, where the drug was allegedly made. We have locked the company and are investigating jointly with the FDA officials.”
A police officer from Thane anti-narcotics cell said, “All the accused have admitted to the crime but just to confuse us they are alleging a colleague under whose instructions the crime was carried out. They have admitted that they had participated for the lure of fast money. An accused said he was asked to ferry the drug to another city but he hardly knew the peddler.”
A police officer from Thane commissionerate said, “We are waiting for the chemical analysis report of the seized ephedrine.”
The four main accused who are absconding are Babasaheb Dhotre, Vicky Goswami, Jay Mukhi and Kishoresingh Bhavsingh Rathod. Narendra Kacha has confessed saying he was paid Rs50-a-kg as transportation fee.