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Ephedrine haul: Day after retraction plea, accused chargesheeted

Of the 10 arrested accused, the police had earlier filed chargesheet against nine accused persons.

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Published: July 27, 2016 2:11:33 am

A DAY after Jay Mukhi, one of the arrested accused in the ephedrine drug-bust case, made an application asking for his statement to be retracted, the Thane police filed a chargesheet against him before the special NDPS court in Thane on Tuesday.

Of the 10 arrested accused, the police had earlier filed chargesheet against nine accused persons. ACP Bharat Shelke confirmed that they filed a nearly 350-page chargesheet before the court on Tuesday. “The chargesheet details the roles Mukhi, who is one of the accused in the case. Apart from Mukhi, we have mentioned seven persons as wanted accused in the case,” Shelke told The Indian Express.

Apart from the role of Mukhi, the police have also given clarity on the roles of other accused in the chargesheet. An officer said the police will be mentioning how Mukhi, after getting the ephedrine cleaned in Gujarat, had given its delivery to a person assigned by Vicky Goswami on Mohammad Ali Road in south Mumbai. This person is then alleged to have taken the ephedrine to Kenya.

“Apart from ensuring the delivery of ephedrine to Goswami, he was also involved in getting the money from Goswami through the hawala channel. All of this has been mentioned in the chargesheet,” the officer said.

Of the 10 persons arrested by the Thane police, including Jay Mukhi, they had named seven persons, including Kulkarni and druglord Vicky Goswami as wanted persons.

When asked about the impact of the retraction application made by Mukhi before the court, an officer claimed that it will not have much impact on the evidence they have against him. “He gave the testimony when he was in the custody of court, not before us. It is not that easy to retract the testimony given before a magistrate,” the officer said. He added, “Even apart from his statement, we have other evidence that has been detailed in the chargesheet against him.”

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