The alleged oil mafia kingpin, Mohammed Ali Abu Baker Shaikh, has moved the Bombay high court (HC) challenging the application of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), 1999, in the Sayed Hussain Nadar aka Chandbhai murder case.
The 48-year-old Colaba resident had earlier moved the MCOCA court, which on April 5 this year rejected his application seeking discharge of the MCOCA provisions in the case. He then approached the HC.
According to the petition, the draconian provisions have been applied principally on the grounds that Mohammed Ali is a member of an organised crime syndicate of Chhota Shakeel, against which several serious offences have been registered.
Mohammed Ali has, however, criticised this conjecture, contending that it contradicts their own theory of him having given a contract to kill Chandbhai.
According to the police, Mohammed Ali had paid Rs6 lakh to one Rashid Batla, for killing Chandbhai, in order to take over his illegal business of high-sea oil thefts. Batla in turn had engaged actual assailants - Shahid Zeenat and Mohammed Shagir - through a co-accused Samad. According to the plan, on September 15, 2010, Zeenat and Shagir fired rounds at Chandbhai, who succumbed to the bullet injuries the next day.