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CBI sleuths target Dawood Ibrahim’s gutka business

CBI sleuths target Dawood Ibrahim’s gutka business
Dawood Ibrahim

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has sent a judicial request to Pakistan seeking information about underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s alleged Gutka business set up there with help from Indian businessmen after filing a chargesheet against the most wanted terrorist.

CBI sources said Letter Rogatory, a judicial request to get information, have been dispatched to Pakistan, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates seeking info on Dawood’s Gutkha business which is purportedly run by his brother Anees Ibrahim.

Recently, CBI has filed a supplementary charge sheeted against Dawood Ibrahim, his brother-in-law A.H. Antule, henchman Saleem Mohammed Ghaus besides two prominent Gutkha businessmen J.M. Joshi of Goa Gutkha and R.L. Dhariwal for allegedly helping Anees Ibrahim set up Gutka plant at Hyderabad in Sindh province of Pakistan.

The case was investigated by Mumbai Police on the complaints of Mustafa Kabira where it was alleged that between February to May, 2002 he was asked to get a Gutka packaging machine worth `2.16 lakh from one Rajesh Pancharia and send them to Dawood’s brother Anees in Karachi

During the probe, the alleged involvement of Joshi of Goa Gutka and Dhariwal of Manichand Gutka also came to light.  The CBI claimed to have established that the Gutka barons — Joshi and Dhariwal — had an ongoing business dispute.

Dhariwal had allegedly refused to give 20 per cent share in profit to Joshi, the sources said. It is alleged Dhariwal used to supply Gutka, a banned product in the UAE, in Dubai through the front company of Dawood which was covertly managed by his brother-in-law Abdul Hameed Antuley and one Saleem Mohammed Ghaus, they said. Using this support, it is alleged that Dhariwal had threatened Joshi not to demand 20 per cent share in profit from him, the sources said. In its supplementary chargesheet CBI alleged, undeterred by this, Joshi met Anees Ibrahim to settle dispute at Karachi. After the intervention of Dawood and Anees, the long-standing financial dispute was settled wherein Dhariwal allegedly gave money to Joshi to receive the secret formulation of Gutka from him.