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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.