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Dhariwal-MSS tiff heats up in Mumbai

ACB caught the three accused red-handed while they were bribing the police inspector on duty, reports Presley Thomas.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 18:31 IST

The recent arrests of Kishore Khanchand Wadhwani, the proprietor of MSS Food Products, his associate Anil Gaurishankar Sharma and Assistant Commissioner of police (Railways) Cyrus Daviyarwala may now heat up the ongoing tiff between Dhariwal Industries and MSS Food products.

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths caught the three accused red-handed on Friday while they were trying to coax assistant police inspector Mahendra Jaanrav of the Azad Maidan police station to accept a bribe of Rs 5 lakh, in exchange of certain documents.

The three accused were trying to solicit Jaanrav to destroy evidence in the pending case between Dhariwal Industries and MSS Food products at the district court of Mandaleshwar in Madhya Pradesh.

The trap was laid after Jaanrav intimated the ACB after the three on Thursday approached him. The three accused have been remanded to police custody till January 29.

Jaanrav had procured documents from the Mandaleshwar court to support his investigations in the case filed by Dhariwal industries against Kishore Wadhwani, Gutka baron Nitesh Wadhwani and Ashok Sharma.

A Metropolitan Magistrate court had ordered the police investigation under section 156(3) CR.PC in August last year.

Jaanrav had to return the papers to the Madhya Pradesh High Court before the next hearing on February 14, 2007. "The accused were trying to acquire the case papers related to the pending case from our complainant, either to steal it or to destroy some evidence in the case. The attempt however, has been foiled by our staff," said Dr Pradnya Saravade, additional commissioner of police (ACB).

First Published: Jan 20, 2007 18:31 IST