Accused in gutka case denied bail
Ansari had forced two city-based exporters, Mustafa Kabira and his partner K Arif, to arrange for the gutka manufacturing machinery to be exported to Dubai for Dawood Ibrahim.Updated: Apr 17, 2007, 00:17 IST
The Bombay High Court on Monday rejected the bail application of Jamiruddin Ansari alias Jumbo who was arrested for allegedly forcing two city-based exporters, Mustafa Kabira and his partner K Arif, to arrange for the gutka manufacturing machinery to be exported to Dubai for Dawood Ibrahim. Jumbo had also allegedly participated in a meeting at Karachi arranged by Dawood to break ice between two gutka barons Rasiklal Dhariwal of the Manikchand gutka and Jagdish Joshi of Goa gutka.
Justice VK Tahilramani rejected his bail application stating that there was prima facie evidence against Jumbo and hence could not be released on bail.
Jumbo approached the HC after the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court rejected his bail application in July 2005. Jumbo and Rajesh Pancharia, the alleged pointsmen of Dawood in Mumbai, were arrested by the Mumbai Crime Brach on October 10, 2004 under the Indian Penal Code. Later were booked under the stringent MCOCA.
Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare opposed his bail stating that prima facie there was evidence against Jumbo and hence should not be released on bail. The other accused, Pancharia was released on bail by HC in May 2005.
The two businessmen were ordered to arrange for machinery for manufacturing gutka. The machinery was exported from Surat and Mumbai to Dubai where Dawood's associate Farukh Mansuri took delivery of it. Mansuri, had allegedly fled Mumbai after the 1993 bomb blasts. The machinery was subsequently taken to Karachi where Dawood's brother Anees started manufacturing gutka under the brand name, Fire.
Jumbo contended that the trial will take time to commence as the HC had stayed the same and also there was a petition pending on the Supreme Court.