The Praful Patel Dawood Ibrahim and late Iqbal Mirchi couldn’t be more ill-timed for the Congress NCP and well-timed for the BJP Shiv Sena. This is because it comes at a time when Maharashtra goes to vote on October 21 and links to terror accused is proving to be highly detrimental for the Congress NCP election campaign.
The Enforcement Directorate is probing Former Minister and Senior NCP Leader Praful Patel for helping late drug smuggler and Dawood associate Iqbal Mirchi in money laundering. Sources stated that Patel redeveloped Ceejay House in 2005, that was allegedly owned by Mirchi.
Iqbal Mirchi was an accused in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts and died in London in 2013. Sources stated that Patel purchased the land form Mirchi. He constructed commercial buildings on the plot. The ED officials stated that they are examining the evidences to establish the payment method adopted in the deal.
The agreement for Ceejay House was signed between Praful Patel and Iqbal Mirchi’s wife Hazra Memon in 2007. As per the sale deed, two floors of approximately 14,000 square feet were allotted to Iqbal Mirchi’s family members. Praful Patel was the then Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ministry.
The ED, on the basis of the sale agreement, has decided to question Praful Patel. Sources say that Praful Patel will be questioned for over the sale deed in which he is one of the signatories along with Mirchi’s three family members and Millennium Developers Private Limited. Praful Patel and his wife are promoters of Millennium Developers Private Limited.
The NCP issued a statement saying that all allegations against Praful Patel’s links are baseless. In an official statement, Praful Patel claims that the controversial Mumbai property was bought by his family from the Maharaja of Gwalior in 1963. “The property was in court receiver from 1978-2005 due to disputes among co-owners. During this period, there were illegal occupants in the premises behind the then building,” the statement read.
This is not the first time that NCP and its President Sharad Pawar have come under allegations. Of the many reports that have made headlines recently was when an Ex RAW officer N K Sood made stunning revelations about the unholy nexus of Congress and NCP leaders including Sharad Pawar with the dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim and their complicity in shielding the D-Company supremo from arrests and sabotaging the Indian intelligence’s efforts in nabbing the Mumbai 1993 bomb blast accused.
Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar accused NCP President Sharad Pawar of letting go of a golden chance to nab fugitive underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim. During an interaction with the media in Mumbai, Prakash Ambedkar had said that Sharad Pawar should explain whether he had informed his superiors of the don’s offer or not and also why he let go the opportunity to nab the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai blasts. He was speaking in reference to late senior advocate Ram Jethmalani’s statement that he had met Dawood in London and the don was ready to surrender on the condition that he should not be tortured.
He had informed said that when he took the proposal to Sharad Pawar he ignored it. The CBI had alleged that Dawood Ibrahim conspired with ISI to carry out serial blasts in Mumbai in March 1993 in which 257 people were killed and property worth Rs 32 crore damaged.
NCP President Sharad Pawar, in February 2018, had clarified that he had no association or acquaintance with Dawood Ibrahim whatsoever in an interview with MNS president Raj Thackeray.
Sharad Pawar said it was unfortunate that he was dragged in a controversy merely on the basis of a statement made by Dawood’s brother. This is the first time that Sharad Pawar spoke about the Dawood Ibrahims’ allegations on him. He is known to be the only politician who never responds to allegations against him.
While the NCP and Dawood Ibrahim connections reports have not been making headlines since February 2018, its back in the news with Praful Patel’s agreement with Iqbal Mirchi’s wife. Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the real estate deal between Mumbai blast accused Iqbal Mirchi’s wife and former Union Minister Praful Patel was “nothing short of treason, and that the onus is now on Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and NCP boss Sharad Pawar to come clean on the issue”. In an interview with a news channel he made this statement. #ZebaWarsia – NMTV News.