Mumbai: Farooq Takla, a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, had acted as a mediator between two warring gutkha barons – Rasiklal Dhariwal and JM Joshi – and helped them settle a dispute.
According to reports, Farooq Takla, who acted as a mediator between the two gutkha barons on behalf of Dawood Ibrahim, was part of all meetings that took place in this connection.
It has now emerged that for mediation between the Gutkha barons, Dawood Ibrahim was compensated by Dhariwal and Joshi, who in turn helped don’s brother Anees in setting up a gutkha factory in Pakistan’s Karachi.Two gutkha barons supplied and sponsored everything from machinery, transfer of technology to finance in helping Anees set up a gutkha pant.
All this was done by Farooq Takla who even finalised the land for the plant with the help of Pakistan’s notorious spy agency ISI and some local businessmen from Hyderabad in Sindh Province.
Not only the supply of machines and spare parts from Mumbai to Pakistan via Dubai, but even the recruitment of local workforce for the factory was done by Takla.
Takla’s arrest could have a bearing on the gutkha case in which Dharilal and Joshi were accused of supplying machinery to Dawood’s brother Anees.
The gutkha case is being heard by a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai and Takla could now be questioned in this connection toowit the case.