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Chargesheet to be filed against Iqbal Kaskar

Published : Nov 18, 2017, 2:22 am IST
Updated : Nov 18, 2017, 2:22 am IST

Chargesheet will be filed in one of the three cases, for extortion of four residential flats and `30 lakh in cash from property developers.

Iqbal Kaskar
 Iqbal Kaskar

Mumbai: Next week, the Thane police will file its charge-sheet in an extortion case involving c, brother of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, and D-gang close aide Chhota Shakeel. The chargesheet will be filed in one of the three cases, for extortion of four residential flats and `30 lakh in cash from property developers.

Meanwhile, Kaskar and his four associates, including matka operator Pankaj Gangar, have been further remanded to 14 days' judicial custody on Friday. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also registered a money laundering case against them and the agency is slated to take their custody for questioning after the Thane police files its charge-sheet.

Investigators said that the charge-sheet, running into a few hundred pages, was being compiled and would be put up before the MCOCA court. The investigation revealed that Kaskar had made several visits to Thane in 2016-2017 and his aides Mumtaj Shaikh and Asrarali Sayyad assisted him in forcibly taking over the four flats in a plush complex on Ghodbunder road.

An officer from Thane police's anti-extortion cell (AEC) which is probing the extortion cases registered against all accused, said, "We are almost done with preparation of the charge-sheet and following go-ahead from the Thane police commissioner, we will file it in court."

The evidence against the accused includes call records of Sayyad and Shaikh, whose phones were used to issue threats to property developers. The duo would dial Kaskar from either of their phones and threaten victims in the name of Ibrahim, AEC officials said. It also includes Sayyad's occupation of one of the four extorted flats when Thane police conducted raids after the extortion case was registered with the Kasarvadavli police station.

Kaskar allegedly sold other flats and the money was laundered. The ED is probing the money laundering case and it has recorded the statements of two property developers, who are partners in the project. ED officials are probing if the money made from selling the properties, in this case, was laundered outside India or into procurement of other assets. Gangar was found to fund the D-gang with `15 lakh being diverted every month for gangland activities, officials said.

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