Mumbai, 10th January 2023: The MCOCA Court Mumbai has sentenced 03 accused S/Sh. Jamiruddin Ansari, Mohd. Farooq Mansuri, & J.M Joshi, to undergo 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment with cumulative fine of Rs. 15 lakh each in a case related to nexus between underworld and Gutakha Manufactures.

CBI had registered the instant case on 09.02.2005 on the request of Maharashtra Government and taken over the investigation of the case earlier registered vide FIR No.249/2004 at Police Station – Sir JJ Marg, Mumbai. It was alleged that during February-May in 2002, Sh. Zamiruddin Ansari & Anis Ibrahim had threatened to kill the complainant & his associate and forced them to purchase 05 Gutka pouch packaging machines worth Rs. 2.64 lakh from Sh. Rajesh Panchariya & sent them to Anees Ibrahim in Karachi (Pakistan) through their associate Farooq Ahmed Mansoori in Dubai. Subsequently, the case was transferred to CID, Mumbai Police. After investigation, Mumbai Police filed a chargesheet on 24.01.2005 against 04 accused.

CBI conducted thorough investigation. It was revealed that two more accused J.M. Joshi & R. N. Dhariwal were in nexus with Dawood Ibrahim. R.N. Dhariwal used his links with Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar to settle a long-standing financial dispute with J.M. Joshi. As per the settlement, J.M. Joshi was to receive Rs. 20 crore from R.M. Dhariwal and in lieu J.M. Joshi was to provide all assistance (financial/ technical/ operational) to Dawood Ibrahim in running organized crime syndicate for establishing a Gutka Factory in Hyderabad, Sind Province, Pakistan. The accused had also kidnapped an employee of Sh. JM Joshi in India and took him to Hyderabad, Sind Province, Pakistan and forcibly made him to work for a period of 03 years in the Gutkha factory (established / financed/ operationalized) in Pakistan by JM Joshi for Dawood Ibrahim.

Sh. RM Dhariwal was abetting the activities of the organized crime syndicate of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar by supplying Gutka to a Dubai based company owned by Abdul Hamid Antulay (brother-in-law of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar) and Saleem Mohd Ghaus Sheikh. During the period from 1996 to 2001, Sh. RM Dhariwal supplied Gutkha worth of Rs. 46.1 crore to his company, thereby providing gain to the organized crime syndicate of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.

After investigation, CBI filed chargesheet on 18.06.2016 against 09 accused S/Sh. Zamiruddin Ansari@ Jumbo, Rajesh Panchariya @ Raju Bhai, Anees lbrahim Kaskar (absconder), Farooq Mansuri, J.M Joshi, RM Dhariwal, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar @ Bada Seth (absconder), Abdul Hamid Antulay (absconder) and Salim Mohd. Ghaus Shaikh (absconder). 04 out of 9 accused in chargesheet are absconding. Sh. R.M. Dhariwal expired during trial, thus the trial proceedings against him abated. Sh. Rajesh Panchariya @ Raju Bhai was earlier discharged by the Trial Court, against whom CBI has filed an appeal before the Mumbai High Court.

Further, 02 victims have been given compensation of Rs. 2.64 lakh and Rs. 1.32 lakh respectively.