A bench of Justices Prasanna B Varale and SM Modak, therefore, refused to quash a first information report (FIR) filed against one Rajendra Patole, who allegedly helped the members of an organised group to evade arrest and gave shelter to them at his native place.
The Bench said that the MCOCA is a law enacted to prevent and control an organised crime.
“Organized crime is different from regular crime. If for gaining pecuniary benefits, economic/other advantage unlawful activity is continued it is an organized crime. It must be undertaken on behalf of the organized crime syndicate, whose members are involved in criminal activity, which has become their source of livelihood,” the bench said.
“Normal criminal law is not sufficient to control the activities,” the Court added.