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‘Why no MCOCA charges in Sush car racket case?'

The Bombay HC asked the police why the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act was not invoked against importers and dealers accused of involvement in the car import racket that got actress Sushmita Sen her Toyota Land Cruiser, reports Kanchan Chaudhari.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2009 00:42 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the police why the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was not invoked against importers and dealers accused of involvement in the car import racket that got actress Sushmita Sen her Toyota Land Cruiser.

“It is an organised crime syndicate,” observed a division bench of Justices J.N. Patel and V.K. Tahilramani. “The car dealers and beneficiaries are all involved in it.”

Government pleader Dhairyasheel Nalawade said to the court police officials would look into the possibility of invoking provisions of MCOCA in the case and he would be back with appropriate instructions from them.

The government pleader is also expected to tell the court on February 24, the next date of hearing, whether the city police are going to file first information reports in connection with the import of 43 cars brought in through various ports other than the city.

Though investigations by the Economic Offences Wing revealed 48 cars were imported evading duties, the police registered offences in for only five of the imports.

The court was irked by the city police decision to ask the police in whose respective jurisdictions the remaining 43 cars were imported to conduct their own investigations.

It observed that the decision showed the police were trying to shun their duty.

The court had taken suo motu notice of the illegalities involved in Sen’s Land Cruiser import and issued notices to her and the police.