//Gutkha barons to be prosecuted under MCOCA

Gutkha barons to be prosecuted under MCOCA

Mumbai, Feb 23: Mumbai Police Commissioner A N Roy today accorded sanction to prosecute Gutkha kings Jagdish Joshi and Manikchand Dhariwal under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for their alleged links with the underworld.

The sanction was accorded on a reference made by the CBI which is investigating the case. Both Gutkha kings had been interrogated by the CBI at length for their alleged links with the underworld, after they surrendered in keeping with the Bombay High Court directives. CBI yesterday sought 15 days time to file reports on the role of Gutkha kings in this regard and said they were awaiting sanction from the Police Commissioner.

With the Police Commissioner according sanction, the decks are now cleared for the CBI to proceed with their arrests and investigate further. Joshi and Dhariwal ran into a controversy after the police allegedly detected that they had visited Karachi via Dubai to meet underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to settle their business dispute. Dawood Ibrahim allegedly coerced the two Gutkha barons to part with the Gutkha recipe and machinery to set up a Gutkha manufacturing unit for his brother in Karachi, the police has alleged.