Jouve India CEO sourced cocaine through cargo service

DECCAN CHRONICLE | BALA CHAUHAN
Published Jun 12, 2015, 7:39 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 10:00 pm IST
Sanjiv Bhatnagar, CEO, Jouve India was never without his supply of cocaine
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BENGALURU: He had his regular supply of the contraband drug from his African 'friend' and supplier in Bengaluru even after a year he had left the City to take on the assignment as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of 'Jouve India' - a multi national e-publishing firm in Chennai. His supplier and the supply mechanism - the inter-state bus courier service ensured that Sanjiv Bhatnagar, CEO, Jouve India was never without his supply of cocaine.

On Tuesday the Narcotics Control Bureau, Chennai arrested Bhatnagar soon after he allegedly took possession of 3.88 gm of cocaine from SMPK Cargo and Courier Services on Wall Tax Road in Chennai. The seized drug is worth about Rs 20,000 in the grey market. Bhatnagar is a graduate of the prestigious Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS) in Pilani and was earlier working in Bengaluru in a major publishing firm.

 

"He used to reportedly call his supplier in Bengaluru and place the order for the contraband narcotic drug. His supplier - an alleged African national, sent the consignment through the inter-state bus service with the name of the receiver and a code number, which only he and the bus operator knew. The African would then reportedly send the code number to Bhatnagar, who would go to the office of the bus operator, tell the code number and collect the package. He would send the money in cash via the same route," said an official source.

The NCB officials in Chennai, who were tipped off, kept a vigil on Bhatnagar's movement till they caught the 50-year-old corporate head as he was taking delivery of the drug, which was packed in a parcel. He was taken into custody along with his driver P. Tulasi. While Bhatnagar was later remanded in judicial custody, the NCB officials allowed Tulasi to go.

 

Students, techies main consumers

The city has become a safe haven for narcotic drugs and drug suppliers, most of who hail from African countries and also from the Middle East and Russia. The peddlers thrive on selling the contraband to students of professional colleges, young techies and businessmen.

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Location: Karnataka




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