The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed Mumbai police to consider invoking stringent provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the dealers and beneficiaries in the Sushmita Sen car import scam case.
A division bench of Justice J N Patel and Justice V K Tahilramani has directed the Additional Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences wing EOW) to meet up with the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria and consider invoking MCOCA in the case.
"It is an organised crime syndicate. The car dealers and beneficiaries are all involved in it," Justice Patel observed.
The HC also observed that if within two weeks the city police are not able to come up with a decision regarding the investigations in the case, then the court might consider transferring the case to another investigating agency like the CBI.
The direction was passed in a petition filed by Sushmita challeging a Rs 20-lakh penalty imposed on her by the BMC for evading octroi on her imported Toyota Land Cruiser car. The HC had set aside the penalty but had asked the police to investigate the case.