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Key accused in Mundra heroin haul case sent to 14-day judicial custody

The two containers, shipped from Bandar Abbas port in Iran and loaded with heroin of Afghanistan origin, had landed at Mundra port, the country’s largest private port in terms of cargo volume handled annually, run by the Adani Group.

Written by Gopal B Kateshiya | Rajkot |
Updated: October 5, 2021 4:40:32 am
Mundra Port in Gujarat. (PTI Photo)

The special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court sent Rajkumar P, a key accused in the Rs 21,000 crore Mundra heroin haul case, to 14-day judicial custody on Sunday, a day before his remand was to end on Monday.

“The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) produced Rajkumar P in the court on Sunday, a day before his remand was to end, as it no longer required him for custodial interrogation. The court sent the accused to 14-day judicial custody. With this, there is no accused in DRI custody in this case,”a source privy to the case told The Indian Express on Monday.

Incidentally, the Bhuj court had send sent Chennai-based couple Machavaram Sudhakar and his wife Govindaraju Durga Purna Vaisali, whose firm Aashi Trading Company had imported 2,990 kilograms of heroin in two cargo containers officially declared as containing semi-processed talc stones, to judicial custody after their 11-day DRI remand ended.

The two containers, shipped from Bandar Abbas port in Iran and loaded with heroin of Afghanistan origin, had landed at Mundra port, the country’s largest private port in terms of cargo volume handled annually, run by the Adani Group. The DRI seized the containers on September 11.

The couple were arrested by DRI from Chennai on September 17. The Bhuj court had sent the couple to DRI custody initially for 10 days and at the expiry of that period, the DRI sought extension of their custody by four days on September 30. However, the court granted the DRI extension of custody by one more day.

Rajkumar P, a resident of Coimbatore, was arrested by DRI from Mumbai and was produced in the NDPS court in Bhuj on September 26.

Granting a plea by the DRI, the court had sent him to DRI custody till October 4. The three accused are lodged in Palara Special Jail near Bhuj.

Rajkumar was said to have worked in Iran and was in touch with the “foreign suppliers”. The DRI has also found links of some Afghan and Irani nationals with the offence.

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