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Goa Gutkha owner questioned by CBI

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, MARCH 3. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today questioned the Gutkha baron, Jagdish M. Joshi, for nearly four hours at the agency's headquarters here and subjected him to a lie detector test.

Agency sources said that Mr. Joshi of Goa Gutkha feigned ignorance about allegations that gutkha manufacturing machines were smuggled to Karachi via Dubai. He also denied having any links with the underworld don and prime accused in the Mumbai serial blasts case, Dawood Ibrahim.

The CBI has already questioned Mr. Joshi on at least three earlier occasions after he arrived from Dubai on February 25. Sources did not rule out the possibility that Joshi could come clean during the investigations into the "gutkha-underworld nexus case."

The CBI recently took over the probe from the Mumbai police.

Mr. Joshi, along with Rasiklal Dhariwal of Manikchand Gutka, is accused of helping Dawood Ibrahim's brother Anees Ibrahim set up a gutkha manufacturing factory in Karachi in return for settling a financial dispute between him and Mr. Dhariwal.

Non-bailable warrant

Last month, a special Court had issued non-bailable warrants against Mr. Joshi and Mr. Dhariwal for their alleged nexus with the underworld. Mr. Dhariwal is still abroad.

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