The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is preparing to auction the properties of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim. This step comes after two years after Finance Ministry tried to auction Dawood’s properties under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) (SAFEMA) Act, 1976, in which the ministry failed.
According to a report in Indian Express, this auction comes after the TADA court, which pronounced the judgement against seven convicts in 1993 Bombay blasts case, directed the Superintendent of Police, CBI, to expedite the process of attaching properties of 33 wanted accused including Dawood.
“The SP, CBI/STF, Mumbai, shall take necessary steps to expedite the proceedings initiated for the sale of the attached property in public auction. Similarly, the SP, CBI/ STF, Mumbai, shall also initiate further proceedings for Attachment of the Properties of the absconding accused in Mumbai or in any part of India,” Judge G A Sanap said during the judgement.
After the judgement, the CBI has started the process of listing Dawood’s properties and reaching out to the Revenue Department under Finance Ministry. CBI is also seeking help of Enforcement Directorate (ED) who had recently prepared a report against Dawood. In addition, CBI will also get in touch with Mumbai Police to get details about properties held by other fugitive gangsters such as Tiger Memon and Mohammad Dossa.
An official told Indian Express, “The Mumbai Police have dealt with the underworld and therefore, we would also seek their expertise in finding out about the properties held by the other 32 wanted accused.”
Mumbai: Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, on Thursday revealed to Thane police four of his brother’s Karachi addresses. Speaking to the Free Press Journal, Thane Police Commissioner, Parambir Singh said, “During interrogation, Iqbal Kaskar revealed four addresses of Dawood Ibrahim. He has given us the addresses of four locations in Karachi at Pakistan.”
“We have identified four more persons who are instrumentally linked to Kaskar, Israr Sayad and Mumtaz Shaikh, who have been previously arrested. During interrogation, Kaskar has revealed that four more persons were involved in the extortion racket against builders and jewellers. They are likely to be arrested in a day’s time,” added Singh.
The police have also revealed that two corporators from two different political parties met Kaskar at his residence at Pakmodia Street in 2016. “We are also investigating regarding the links with the two Corporators in this case.” “More builders and jewellers from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai are coming forward to lodge complaints against Kaskar and his associates. Few more complaints against Kaskar will be registered soon,” said Singh.
The accused Mumtaz had allegedly summoned shooters from Bihar to threaten builders in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. During the probe it was revealed that Kaskar was in touch with Dawood over Voice Over Internet Protocol calls. The Police Commissioner himself interrogated Kaskar for half an hour on Thursday. He is to be interrogated again on Friday by the Commissioner. The police are also probing if the movie ‘Haseena Parkar’ was funded by the D -gang. As per the police, Kaskar is a cocaine addict and has been showing withdrawal symptoms.
- Four more persons involved in the extortion racket against builders and jewellers likely to be arrested in a day’s time.
- Two corporators from two different political parties allegedly met Iqbal Kaskar at his residence at Pakmodia Street in 2016.
- More builders and jewellers from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai coming forward to lodge complaints against Kaskar and his associates.
- Kaskar was in touch with his brother Dawood over Voice Over Internet Protocol calls.
- Police probing if the movie ‘Haseena Parkar’ was funded by the D-gang.
- Kaskar is a cocaine addict and has been showing withdrawal symptoms
After the arrest of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two aides Asrar Sayyad (52) and Mumtaz Shaikh (48), in an alleged extortion case by Thane crime branch, on Wednesday, a second case of extortion was registered against them.
A Thane-based jeweller has now come forward to give a complaint against Iqbal Kaskar and his aides. On the jewellers complaint, Thane Police registered an FIR on charges of extortion on Kaskar and his two aides.
A senior officer told Indian Express, “A jeweller approached us on Tuesday evening with a complaint that Kaskar and the two accused had forcibly taken jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh from his shop. We passed on the complaint to Thane Nagar police station where an FIR is being registered against the trio on charges of extortion. This is the second FIR following the one registered on a complaint given by the builder that four flats and Rs 30 lakh were taken from him.”
According to the report in Indian Express, the Thane Extortion Cell said that in 2015-16, the jeweller wanted to sell a plot of land in Thane. Then he was approached by Mumtaz (Iqbal Kaskar’s aide, who was also arrested on Monday) who told the jeweller that a party was interested in the plot he wanted to sell. At beginning the jeweller agreed to sell the plot, but later when he found out the buyer was Iqbal Kaskar, he backed out from the deal.
But Mumtaz allegedly put pressure on the jeweller to go ahead with the deal, but when it didn’t work out, Iqbal Kaskar sent people to his Thane-based jewellery shop and took Rs 15 lakh jewellery forcibly from the jeweller. An officer told Indian Express, “The jeweller agreed to sell the property. However, later he found out that the interested buyer was Kaskar. He backed out from the deal.”
The Thane Police have also written to Mumbai Police to get past records of cases registered against Iqbal Kaskar. The Thane police commissioner told Indian Express, “We are aware of about 10-20 people who were victims of extortion. We are hoping that these people will come forward and register complaints. For every complaint, a separate FIR will be registered. We are checking if the accused meet the criteria for cases in which Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) can be applied. If the case fits the bill, we will press for MCOCA to be applied.”
The Thane Police anti-extortion cell led by former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma yesterday arrested Iqbal Kaskar, the younger brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in an extortion case. Kaskar was taken for questioning on Monday evening from his Mumbai residence along with two others and was arrested later. Former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma who just took charge of the Thane AEC earlier this month led Kaskar’s arrest.
According to sources, Kaskar was arrested on a complaint filed by a builder. The builder has alleged that Kaskar had already taken four flats from him and has been demanding more flats. Acting on the complaint, a team headed by Sharma raided Gordon Hall apartment in Nagpada in South Mumbai. According to reports, Kaskar was under police scrutiny for some time after his name surfaced in the investigation of an extortion case filed by the builder.
Police said that Kaskar had been threatening builders on behalf of Dawood Ibrahim and was demanding huge extortion money as a cut for his brother. Many of these builders who are from Thane, Ulhasnagar, Dombivli had allegedly paid huge sums of extortion money to Kaskar. In fact, one builder who had suffered significant losses during the demonetization and was under debt had filed the complaint against Kaskar.
Sharma has 113 encounters to his credit and was previously posted with the Mumbai Police. Sharma was unceremoniously ousted from the police force as he was allegedly in touch with the underworld, and after his name cropped up in the 2006 Lakhan Bhaiyya fake encounter case. Later, in 2010, Sharma was arrested for his involvement in the case but was acquitted of all charges by a Mumbai court in July 2013. Since then, he has wanted to be reinstated.
Sharma who has inspired Bollywood movies like ‘Ab Tak Chhappan’ challenged his dismissal before the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) which ruled in his favour in 2009. Meanwhile, in 2013, the trial court acquitted him for want of evidence.