CBI has filed a chargesheet against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and RM Dhariwal, owner of Manikchand Gutkha, for allegedly supplying tobacco to Dubai. Quoting sources, news agency ANI reported that Dhariwal allegedly supplied gutkha to Dubai with the help of Dawood, where it is banned. Manikchand Gutkha is the leading tobacco maker of the country and linking of its name with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim will result in a huge loss of goodwill for the company.
Based in Pune, Manikchand Group is a parent company which has many other companies under its umbrella. Besides Gutkha, the group also manufactures products related to mouth freshener, packaged water, offset printing, and flour mills. The company started its services with tobacco production about six decades ago.
Dawood, one of India’s most wanted fugitives, is accused of plotting the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and 700 were injured. The 58-year-old-don is also accused of masterminding other terror attacks, and is accused of money laundering and extortion. India and the US have also claimed Dawood of financing terror groups like Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Last week, the US validated India’s stand that Dawood Ibrahim lives in Pakistan’s Karachi, by accepting six of the nine addresses that New Delhi had submitted as the terrorist’s hideouts in that country.