Mumbai: Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni speaking to the media via video link in connection with the drug haul case, in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar (PTI9_9_2016_000188B)
Mumbai: Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni speaking to the media via video link in connection with the drug haul case, in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar (PTI9_9_2016_000188B)

Says that she has been falsely implicated in the drug haul case

Mumbai: Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni and her lawyers alleged that the Thane police have falsely implicated her in the Rs 2000 crore ephedrine drug haul case.

Kulkarni’s counsel alleged that the Thane police were misled by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). New York-based lawyer Daniel Arshack who represents Kulkarni  alleged, “Mamta Kulkarni is being used as a means to a greater end – Vicky Goswami. My job is to make sure that Kulkarni is not implicated for something she hasn’t done. The Thane police seems to be working for DEA, which wants Goswami extradited out of Kenya to the US. I want to point it out to the Thane police that they are being used by the DEA.”

Kulkarni who spoke through a pre-recorded video clip at the press conference, said, “They are talking about Rs 2000 crore which I don’t have. You can say I just have Rs 25 lakh. I have just got few fixed deposits like may be Rs 15,20 or 30 lakh. I worked for 10 years in Bollywood. I did 30 to 40 concerts. All the properties that they were trying to investigate was bought in 1994 and 1995 with my hard earned money and they want to take it. I have no problem. I am a Yogini, you can take anything from me. My passport copies are there, my passport pages are there with all the entries, my bank statements are there, if anybody wants to challenge it, then can do so. I have nothing to hide. The Thane police have seen my statement; they have not found anything against me. Due to some pressure, the Thane cops are hell bent on implicating me and that too without any evidence. Whatever they are investigating, they can do so but not at the cost of my name and reputation which is being tarnished unnecessarily because of my proximity to a certain individual,” Kulkarni said.

She added. “I am shocked that the Thane police used third degree methods on Jay Mukhi, an accused in the case. My lawyers have sent me a copy of the retraction and it has shocked and saddened me after going through its content. I heard from my lawyers that the police have even arrested 10 people and they have given their statements. But what I have got to know is that the statements nowhere do they directly or indirectly implicate me in this case.”

 Kulkarni was earlier named an accused on the basis of the statement of Jay Mukhi. He, however, retracted his statement and his lawyer Sudeep Pasbola has alleged torture at the hands of the Thane police. Cliff Ombetta, who represents Goswami in Kenya, who was also at the conference, said, “The US government has failed to extradite Goswami. Kulkarni is a close friend of his and hence, an easy target. The Indian government should not fall prey to this.”

Meanwhile, lawyers Daniel Arshack and Cliff Ombetta, Majeed Memon, Zulfiquar Memon, Parvez Memon and Sudeep Pasbola who represent Jay Mukhi  made a presentation to Kiren Rijuju, union minister of state for Home affairs. The team has sought a fair investigation into the matter and a transfer of the case to the CBI from the Thane police.

 Earlier, Kulkarni was named an accused by Thane police in June for her alleged involvement in an international drug racket after 18.5 tonnes of ephedrine was seized by the police from a pharma firm in Solapur earlier this year. The trail led to Africa and Goswami, who is said to be part of an international drug cartel and believed to be Kulkarni’s husband.

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