: A city-based builder, from whom former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni had bought flats, has denied any link with her husband Vicky Goswami, a drug racket prime accused, or with drug syndicate.

Shabbir Patel, who faced allegations of links with drug mafia, has written a letter to Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh rejecting the charge.

“I have no links with anyone by the name of Vicky Goswami. The assertion made is absolutely false and unfounded and it is an irresponsible statement made with wanton disregard that is both bad in facts and in law,” Patel, of Oscar Builders, stated in his letter.

Admitting he had sold flats to Mamta in 1994, the realtor said she was then not married. “Four flats were purchased by Mamta Kulkarni and her mother through cheques and there are agreements,” he said. In the letter, Patel’s legal advisors said their client has no criminal antecedents and he was no more active in realty business.

“He has not carried out development of any property for more than past 18 years in Mumbai. In fact, our client is a 64-year-old senior citizen who is leading a retired life. He has no criminal antecedents as well,” the legal advisors said. They said Patel has a long running dispute with his son, Shadaab, who “habitually files false and frivolous cases” against him to extort money.

Patel stated if the police still need to conduct an investigation into the purchase of the flats, Shadaab’s relationship with Mamta and Vicky should be investigated.

Goswami, whose name figured in the recent drug seizure in Thane, has junked allegations of him being a druglord. He is said to be currently based in Kenya. PTI

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