Mamta Kulkarini’s bank accounts freezed in Thane drug case


Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni’s bank accounts have been frozen by the Thane Police in connection with the multi-crore drug racket busted in the Maharashtrian city few months ago. The actress is named a prime accused in the case linked to her partner and international drug lord Vicky Goswami.

At least eight accounts in her name holding over Rs 90 lakh in banks in Gujarat and Mumbai and its adjoining areas, have been frozen. The team investigating the ephedrine racket case suspect the involvement of the actresses’ properties and accounts in helping the drug cartel.

Police found that Mamta’s account with a private bank in Malad held foreign currency worth Rs 67 lakh. Another Rs 26 lakhs were stowed away in seven other bank accounts at Kalyan, Badlapur (in Thane), Parel, Nariman Point, Dharavi, Rajkot and Bhuj in Gujarat.

Police are also questioning Mamta’s elder sister and others who dealt with the bank payments. They have approached authorities to get details of properties owned by the accused and are expected to attach it, a daily reported citing a senior police official as saying.

In all, there are 17 accused in the case, of whom 10 have been arrested and rest are still at large. Chargesheet against the accused has already been filed in the Thane district court.

In one of the largest drug hauls in the country, the Thane police confiscated 18.5 tonne of ephedrine worth over Rs 2,000 crore in April this year. The consignment was seized following a raid in the shut unit of pharmaceutical company Avon Lifesciences in Solapur. Ephedrine is a medicine which is abused to make party drug methamphetamine crystals.