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HC reserves order in gutkha barons’ case

mumbai Updated: Sep 18, 2010 01:08 IST
HC reserves order in gutkha barons’ case

The Bombay High Court on Friday reserved the order on petitions filed by Gutka barons Rasiklal Dhariwal of Manikchand Gutka and Jagdish Joshi of Goa Gutka challenging the non-bailable warrants issued against them by a special court in a case of alleged nexus with the underworld.

Justice AM Khanvilkar and Justice UD Salvi have asked Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file written arguments by September 24 and asked the gutka barons to give written submissions by October 4.

The warrants were issued in June 2006 by a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court as Dhariwal and Joshi were not available to CBI. Counsels Sushil Kumar and Shirish Gupte, arguing for Dhariwal and Joshi respectively, sought a copy of the sanction letter obtained by CBI from competent authority to prosecute the gutka barons under MCOCA.

CBI refused to part with the sanction letter, saying the chargesheet had not yet been filed against the duo.