NIA (National Investigative Agency) arrested two accused in Delhi, and detained one in Surat in relation to the 2021 Mundra Port drugs case.
The investigative agencies have been raiding various location in connection to the case. In the series of searches, Delhi-based businessman Kabir Talwar was detained on Wednesday, and now he has been arrested as the ‘kingpin on the India side.’
Another arrest is Prince Sharma, in connection to the case.
Who is Kabir Talwar?
Harpreet Singh Talwar, or Kabir Talwar is a Delhi University graduate. He became a businessman early in his life through China’ import-export fair. Later, Kabir Talwar started a company called H. S. IMPEX PRIVATE LIMITED in 2007, with registered office in Paharjganj, Delhi. As per documents, the company is involved in ‘Wholesale on a fee or contract basis.’
But, this is not what Kabir is known for. Kabir Talwar owns popular pubs like The Playboy Club, Jazbaa lounge, The White Club at the 5-star Hotel Samrat in the nation’s capital.
Kabir Talwar is considered to be one of the most successful entrepreneurs through his clubbing empire. Kabir Talwar has a ‘love for luxury’ and fame. He owns some very expensive cars, and after his arrest the pictures are doing rounds of Internet. His pictures with Bollywood Superstar Shahrukh Khan, and late Punjabi Singer Sidhu Moose Wala, tells you a narrative of his fame.
He also claimed that he featured in Forbes List, but Ground Report couldn’t fetch such record. His Instagram page also stand deactivated currently.
Kabir has been in controversy before, when he was arrested by DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence) in March 2022. Kabir was sent to 14-day custody in connection to seizure of 21,60,000 sticks of smuggled Gudang Garam cigarettes in Mumbai.
What is Mundra Port drugs case?
In Sept 2021, DRI seized 2,988 kg of heroin at the Mundra port in Gujarat. The heroin is suggested to have come from Afghanistan, and the money is used to funds terror activities.
The consignment was smuggled using the maritime route from Kandahar, Afghanistan via Bandar Abbas in Iran, the DRI had said.
The issue became political as the port is managed by the Adani Group, and political parties started accusing the ruling government for covering up.
Kabir Talwar: India side ‘Kingpin’
Kabir Talwar was arrested for being part of the International Smuggling network. He was the ‘kingpin on India side’. Basically, he used to supply drugs to peddlers. ‘The both arrested supplied drugs to Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh,’ said NIA.
They also facilitated the transport, purification and distribution of the heroin from Afghanistan into India.
As mentioned in the NIA chargesheet, this money is being used to fund terrorist activities.