The Mumbai crime branch suffered a huge setback on Friday after the special MCOCA court acquitted alleged ‘diesel don’ Mohammed Ali and seven others in the Sayyed Chand Madar murder case.
Dhananjay Kulkarni, the spokesperson for Mumbai police, who is also posted with the crime branch, said, “We will take a decision after seeking legal opinion on the order and speaking with the special public prosecutor. We are likely to challenge the order in a higher court, but only after proper legal opinion is taken.”
Sources in the crime branch, who have been involved in the investigations, said the case suffered a major setback as the complainant did not support the prosecution’s case.
Besides the complainant, two key eyewitnesses also did not support the prosecution’s case, which affected the prosecution’s case.
Meanwhile, after the MCOCA court order was pronounced, Ali told HT, “I was falsely implicated in the case owing to political vendetta; evidence was fabricated against me.”
“My family has suffered a lot, as I was tagged as an aid of an underworld don with whom I have not spoken in the past 20 years. My daughters are in college and they were taunted ‘don ki beti’. Nobody was willing to talk to my children; they were sidelined,” said Ali.