Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected
the plea of gutka barons Rasiklal Manikchand Dhariwal and
Jagdish Joshi challenging non-bailable warrants issued against
them by a special court for their alleged nexus with
underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
The duo also challenged registration of case against them
under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) after
obtaining sanction from the competent authority.
Both are living abroad since 2004 and have not returned
to India in view of the warrants issued against them.
Dhariwal and Joshi were accused of exporting gutka
manufacturing machines to Pakistan via Dubai to enable the
Karachi-based don set up gutka business empire in the
A division bench headed by Justice Ajay Khanvilkar,
however, stayed the operation of the special court`s order on
issue of non-bailable warrants for a period of four weeks to
enable the duo appear before the MCOCA court after giving 48
hours notice to investigating officer.
The court also held that it would be open for the
investigating officer to present supplementary chargesheet
against the petitioners.
The High Court ruled that it was keeping the question
open in regard to continuation of the passports of the two
petitioners lying with the special court and execution of
non-bailable warrants against them.
The bench asked the special court to consider these
Both were implicated in the case after Rajesh Pancharia,
a Dawood Ibrahim gang member, was arrested. It was Rajesh who
told police that gutka machines were sent by him to Dawood in
Pakistan at the instance of Dhariwal and Joshi.