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NCB seals Sanjay Kedia's Salt Lake office

Kedia, CEO and MD of Xponse was arrested on charges of having links with the international drug racket, report Sujit Nath & Saptarshi Banerjee.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2007 11:30 IST

The Salt Lake office of Sanjay Kedia was sealed by the officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday.

Kedia, CEO and MD of Xponse was arrested on charges of having links with the international drug racket. On February 12, NCB sleuths acting on a tip-off from FBI raided the Xponse office and found that Kedia used to run online illegal trading of Psychotropic drugs to his clients in USA.

The zonal director of NCB Sandeep Mittalsaid, "We have sealed both the offices located at the seventh and eighth floors of the building at J1/5 Kariwala Towers at Electronics Complex in Salt Lake's sector V because Kedia used the premises for illegal activities," Mittal said.

In the afternoon a group of NCB officers backed by policemen of Bidhannagar East Police station went to the office and asked the employees to vacate the office of Xponse Technologies Limited.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times Kedia's lawyer CK Jain said that both the arrest and the sealing of Kedia's office were illegal. "He had nothing to do with the online trading of drugs outside India. He was falsely implicated."

He said, "Kedia developed softwares and websites for pharmacy companies outside India and if someone misused them, it is not my client's fault. He started his business in Salt Lake through a proper channel and with valid documents."

With the sealing, the fate of more than 300 employees working at Kedia's office has become uncertain.

When the sealing was taking place a section of senior employees tried to convince the NCB officers not to seal the office as that could ruin their carrier.
An agitated Shobha Dutta, Manager, HR of Xponse Technologies Limited said, "We were supposed to conduct a press meet today but I do not think that will be possible. I just do not know what to do and what to tell." "The NCB officials came to our office in the morning and from then we had to ask all the employees to go home. I do not know what lies in store for us now. Our office is being sealed," she said.

Before leaving the premises the employees were asked to switch off the computers. Once they left, the NCB officers switched off the main electricity connection. They also conducted investigations inside the premises.

Mittal said, "Our next investigation destination is in USA and we are planning to send a team of officers to USA."

Kedia was arrested under section 12 of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 and punishable under sections 24, 29, 30 and 38 of NDPS Act, 1985.

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First Published: Feb 15, 2007 11:30 IST