CBI wants gutka baron to surrender passport

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Mumbai, Oct 31 (UNI) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the high profile ''gutka'' case involving R M Dhariwal and J M Joshi, has filed a petition in the special court praying that Joshi be asked to submit his passport to the investigating agency.

Special public prosecutor Rohini Salian, representing the state in the case, said the CBI has filed the application before Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court judge M R Puranik. The judge has posted the matter for hearing after the Diwali vacation.

Mr Joshi's passport was earlier seized by the Sangli police because he was an accused in a murder case. However, he was acquitted in that case and the police had released his passport then.

The CBI had moved a similiar application in Sangli court, but, their plea. Thereafter was rejected, they (CBI) had approved Bombay High Court for the same. The High court had directed investigating agency to approach the special court in this regard. In this case CBI has already interrogated Mr Dhariwal and Mr Joshi.

A person by name Mustapha Kabira had initially registered a complaint with the J J Marg police against Zamiruddin Ansari alias Jumbo, Rajesh Pancharya alias Rajubhai, Anees Ibrahim Kaskar and Farooq Mohammed Ahmed Mansoori on October 10, 2004 that he had been threatened at gun point by Ansari and Kaskar to procure five ''gutka'' pouch packging machines from Pancharya and thereafter send them to Karachi through Dubai for use in his ''gutka'' factory in Pakistan.

The case was transferred to crime branch of Mumbai Police.

During the interrogation of the accused, the names of Mr Dhariwal and Mr Joshi had cropped up. The case was later transfered to CBI for further investigation.


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