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Chargesheet against former Gujarat MLA’s son in drug case


 Mumbai: The Thane police will file a at the Thane sessions court chargesheet this week against Kishoresingh Rathod, son of former Congress MLA Bhavsingh Rathod,  in connection with his alleged involvement in the Rs.2000 crore ephedrine drug haul case.

During the interrogation, Kishoresingh told the Thane police about several meetings were conducted at Mombasa in Kenya which was attended by the kingpin Vicky Goswami to discuss the logistics of manufacturing ephedrine and transporting it to India from Kenya.

Bharat Shelke, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Thane said, “The chargesheet will be filed this week. Rathod had given us vital information against Vicky Goswami, Mamta Kulkarni and Dr. Abdullah who also attended the meetings.”

The Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad, who were probing another case of ephedrine smuggling in connection with the Thane case, had filed a chargesheet against Rathod last week. He has played a vital role in the drug cartel in transporting the ephedrine drug from Solapur via Gujarat to Kenya and to the United States of America. Rathod was on the run immediately after the Gujarat police had raided and seized 19,000 kms of ephedrine from Avon Pharma Life Sciences Limited at Solapur in April last year.

Meanwhile, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has agreed to give the Thane police access to Goswami who was arrested from Mombasa by the DEA on February 1. Shelke confirmed, “We will be applying to the Central government for Goswami’s access.”

Ibrahim and Baktash Akasha, sons of a slain drug baron, and Gulam Hussein, a Pakistani national who are associates of Goswami were also brought to US who were wanted for drug trafficking.