IT firm CEO held for dealing drugs on Net

rediffFebruary 13, 2007 15:53 IST

The CEO of an IT company in Kolkata been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau for allegedly selling drugs on th

Sanjay Kedia, CEO and director-cum-president of Xponse Technologies, Xponse IT Services and Xponse Inc based in Kolkata’s IT hub at Salt Lake Sector-V, was arrested on Sunday under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Along with US-based Steven Mahana, who owned a 49 per cent share in Xponse, Kedia was allegedly involved in trafficking psychotropic substances, mainly phentermine, on the internet, NCB’s Eastern Zonal Director Sandeep Mittal told reporters in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Kedia was produced before a special judge at a court in Barasat on Monday wherein he was sent him to judicial custody.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years of rigourous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 200,000, Mittal said. Asked whether Mahana was also arrested, Mittal said enforcement agencies in the US were in touch with him.

“A team will go to the US to interrogate him. We are working out the formalities,” he said.

On February 1, a team comprising IT experts and officials of the NCB, customs, central excise and public sector banks conducted searches in Kolkata and New Delhi.

These were supported by simultaneous searches by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Documentary and digital evidence were seized during the searches. Evidence of money laundering in more than 20 Indian and multi-national bank accounts by Kedia and his companies have been seized,” Mittal said.

Published by Sandeep Mittal, I.P.S.

Shri Sandeep Mittal, an IPS Officer of 1995 Batch, completed B. Sc. (Honours) Geology with University Gold Medal and M.Sc. Applied Geology with University Gold Medal, both from University of Delhi. He earned Degree of Master’s in Police Management from Osmania University, Diploma in Cyber Security and Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics from Gujarat Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar . He is a Postgraduate in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance from Cranfield University, UK. He conducted a number of experiments in people friendly policing to bridge the divide between police and public. He headed the Security of Asia Pacific’s largest prison i.e. Tihar Prisons, New Delhi. While serving in Narcotics Control Bureau under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as Zonal Director he was instrumental in liquidating a number of National and International drug syndicates and developed his skills in cyber crime investigation. He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow, UK; a Commonwealth Scholar in Internet Law & Policy a t University of Strathclyde, UK; an Associate of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi and a Life Member of United Services Institution of India, New Delhi; Indian Society of Criminology, India and Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He is member, Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, a peer reviewed journal. He has published research papers in reputed peer reviewed Journals.

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