The Telegraph
Friday , June 12 , 2015

Cocaine couriered to CEO

Chennai, June 11: Narcotics sleuths have arrested the chief executive of an e-publishing firm for possession of cocaine just as he allegedly took delivery of the contraband from a courier company in Chennai.

A team of Narcotics Control Bureau picked up 50-year-old Sanjiv Bhatnagar, the CEO of Jouve India, yesterday.

The company's parent is Jouve Group, headquartered in France and one of the largest digital content providers with over 2,500 employees at 19 locations in the world. The Chennai unit essentially handles eBook conversion and employs around 80 people.

Bhatnagar was arrested after he allegedly accepted a packet from SMPK Cargo and Courier Services on Waltax Road, parallel to Chennai's central railway station.

"The drug was sent from Bangalore," said Prem Anand Sinha, NCB zonal director.

Sinha said Bhatnagar, whose office is in Taramani, south Chennai, received such packets in the past, too, after ordering the drug through a contact.

"Once we were sure he was taking delivery of the packet, we nabbed him," the official added.

His driver was also arrested and remanded in judicial custody along with his boss. An employee of the courier is being questioned.

Bhatnagar's wife Akilandeswari had complained to the police last night that he had not returned home, only to be informed that he had been arrested and sent to jail for drug possession.

According to the NCB, Bhatnagar, who hails from Delhi, said the drug was for his personal use. He told the NCB sleuths he had been taking the drug only for a year.

"This is not something you pick up late in your life. Although he is not admitting it, he must have picked it up much earlier when he was working in Bangalore," said Sinha. Bhatnagar has been with Jouve for three years.

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