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Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni under scrutiny for connections to drug cartel

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KATHMANDU — Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni is being investigated by Indian police for her alleged role as a central figure in an international drug smuggling ring, Indian media reported on Thursday.

Mamta Kulkarni and her Kenya-based husband Vicky Goswami have gone under the scanner of police and enforcement agencies in connection with a INRs 2,000-crore narcotics racket unearthed in Thane, a senior police officer said.

The investigation was launched after Indian police seized 20 tons of the of the contraband ephedrine drug being smuggled into the country earlier this month, reports said.

The development came as investigators revealed on Wednesday that Mamta’s husband Goswami was the kingpin of the drug operation.

In a tip-off by the United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) earlier, Goswami was listed as a prime suspect in the investigation. He was arrested for drug trafficking in Dubai 1997 and served 15 years in a jail there.

But police are now also investigating Mamta’s role as the face of the international drug cartel.

According to Indian media reports quoting an unnamed police officer, Mamta’s husband used the former actress meet clients in Dubai, Singapore, South Africa and the US.

She also allegedly struck business deals with drug networks in Maharashtra, while her name was also used to carry out bank transactions.

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US judge dismisses Taylor Swift ‘Shake It Off’ copyright lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing singer Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics for her song ‘Shake It Off’ on Tuesday ruling the phrases in question were not sufficiently original to merit copyright protection.

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler brought the suit last fall, arguing that the chorus of the song borrowed from their 2001 composition, ‘Playas Gon’ Play’.

In his ruling, Judge Michael W Fitzgerald held that combining the phrases, ‘Playas gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate,’ does not entail sufficient originality to warrant copyright protection, Variety reported.

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Swift’s 2014 song reached No 1 on the pop charts and marked her evolution from country to pop music.

Swift’s lyrics from the chorus of ‘Shake It Off’ are, ‘the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.’

Attorneys for Swift asked US District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in January to dismiss the case.

“In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here,” Fitzgerald ruled, according to court papers.

The songwriters who sued Swift did not allege Swift’s song stole musical elements, the judge said, and phrases about players and haters existed in pop culture before 2001.

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