Extortion case: Charge sheet filed against Dawood, Iqbal Kaskar, Anees Ibrahim

Thane: The city police has filed a charge sheet against fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim and his brothers Iqbal Kaskar, and Anees Ibrahim in connection with an extortion case filed on the complaint by a prominent builder last year.

“The charge sheet was filed in the district court on Thursday,” a senior inspector of Thane police’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) said today.

In October last year, the police had registered an offence of extortion based on the complaint of the builder against Iqbal Kaskar and the gang members of Dawood.

According to the builder’s complaint, Kaskar had threatened and extorted Rs 3 crore from him over a deal of a 38-acre land in Gorai area.
During investigation, the alleged role of Dawood and Anees also came to light following which both were shown as wanted accused in connection with the offence, the police had said.

“The charge sheet, which runs into thousands of pages, lists the evidences against the accused,” the police official said, adding, “The vital documents attached to the charge sheet include papers related to the land deal along with the payment proof. It also includes statement of the witnesses.”

The accused have been booked under IPC sections 384 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 387 (putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion) at the Thane Nagar police station.

Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides were arrested in September last year by the Thane police AEC in a separate case of extortion of Rs 30 lakh and four flats from a builder.

NBW issued against Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel

NBW issued against Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel
NBW issued against Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel

A Delhi court has issued open non-bailable warrant against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel for allegedly hiring goons to kill a leader of a right-wing outfit.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass passed the order on a plea of Special Cell of Delhi Police seeking issuance of NBW against the duo who had allegedly hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha leader Swami Chakrapani.

According to the police, Chakrapani had bought a car owned by Dawood Ibrahim in an auction held by the government in Mumbai last year and later set it on fire in Ghaziabad.

In June this year, four persons — Junaid, Roger, Yunus and Manish — were arrested as they were allegedly planning to eliminate the right wing leader.

Police claimed that during interrogation, Junaid had disclosed that Shakeel had given them money, asking them to eliminate Chakrapani to teach him a lesson for setting Dawood’s car on fire.

Two pistols and ten live cartridges were recovered from their possession, police said.

( Source – PTI )

SC declines to go into PIL on Dawood Ibrahim

SC declines to go into PIL on Dawood Ibrahim
SC declines to go into PIL on Dawood Ibrahim

Supreme Court today dismissed a plea for setting up of a special investigating team (SIT) to probe whether the government has made any serious effort to bring to justice fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, in the wake of reports that the underworld don was willing to return.

“We cannot look into this issue. It is not for the judiciary,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy said. The bench dismissed the PIL filed by Madhya Pradesh resident Kishore Samrite who through his lawyer submitted that an inquiry was needed in view of reports appearing that Dawood, wanted in 1993 Mumbai blasts, was willing to come back.

The lawyer claimed that thereports have suggested that a senior CBI officer, now retired, was on record that the fugitive was willing to surrender. ”We only want to know whether the state was interested in bringing back Dawood Ibrahim,” the lawyer submitted, before the PIL was dismissed.

Dawood Ibrahim & Chhota Shakeel declared as proclaimed offenders in IPL spot-fixing case

A trial court on Tuesday declared underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel and another person as proclaimed offenders in connection with the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal case. Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna declared Dawood, Shakeel and Chandigarh-based Sandeep Sharma, who were chargesheeted by the special cell of Delhi police along with suspended cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandela, Ankit Chavan and others in the case, as they are evading arrest in the matter.

The special cell of Delhi police told the court that properties of Dawood and Shakeel in Mumbai have already been attached earlier in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blast case and upon inquiry it has been revealed that they have not visited India since 1993. It said Dawood has properties in his name at Dongri in Mumbai whereas Shakeel owns property in Nagpada there.

The police further told the court that they also questioned the neighbours of Dawood and Shakeel in Mumbai in this regard and the neighbours informed them that both the accused have not been seen in the locality since 1993. The court had earlier issued open non-bailable warrants against these accused who were chargesheeted in the case. The court has fixed the matter for further hearing on November 14.

According to police, Sandeep was an important link in the case as he was a part of the syndicate which runs by Dawood and which was involved in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. On August 16, the court had directed fresh property attachment proceedings under sections 82 (proclamation for person absconding), 83 (attachment of property of person absconding) of CrPC against Dawood and Shakeel in the IPL spot-fixing scandal case.

The court had also expressed concern over “repeated adjournments” sought in the case and had directed the police to supply copies of chargesheet and other documents filed along with it to all the accused. Earlier, the Special Cell had informed the court that non-bailable warrants (NBWs) issued against these accused could not be executed as they no longer reside at their last known addresses in India.

Besides Dawood and Shakeel, the NBWs were issued against Pakistan-based Javed Chutani, Salman alias Master and Ehteysham, who all are considered to be Dawood’s associates. The Special Cell had filed a 6,000-page charge sheet against the accused in the case. The court had on June 10 last year granted bail to cricketers Sreesanth, Chavan and 19 others for lack of evidence against them under the provisions of stringent law Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Other accused, including cricketer Ajit Chandila, were also granted bail later on by the court. The police, in its chargesheet, had claimed that Dawood and Shakeel, who have been “controlling the fixing and betting market” in cricket in India, were behind the IPL spot-fixing.

Fresh prop attachment proceedings against Dawood

DawoodA city court today directed fresh property attachment proceedings against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel, absconding in IPL spot- fixing case, even after the Delhi Police submitted that such action has been taken against them in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Following the court’s earlier direction, the Special Cell of Delhi Police informed it that properties of Dawood and Chhota Shakeel were already attached in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

(Source: PTI)

 

IPL spot-fixing: Warrants against three Dawood aides

dawoodA Delhi court Wednesday issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against three Pakistan-based close associates of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma issued open NBWs against Pakistan-based Javed Chutani, Salman alias Master and Ehteysham, considered to be close aides of Dawood.

The court’s direction came on an application filed by Special Cell of Delhi Police seeking issuance of warrants against the three, saying they had played a key role in the entire conspiracy. An open NBW is one in which no time limit is fixed for its execution.

The three, suspected to be based in Karachi and Lahore, and were instrumental in the conspiracy behind spot fixing during the IPL matches, police said in the application.

The court in its order said: “The crux of the argument is that it is not possible to execute warrants to these accused in Pakistan. In view of the above, issue open NBWs against three accused as requested.”

The judge also issued NBWs against four alleged bookies – Sanjay Aggarwal, Mohd. Shakeel Amir, Praveen Kumar G. Thakkar and Sandeep Sharma for Sep 30 on the plea of police.

The plea of police sought issuance of NBWs against alleged bookies saying that during interrogation of other arrested accused, their names had cropped up but they evading arrest.

On July 30, the Delhi Police filed its chargesheet in the case, alleging that Dawood and his aide Chhota Shakeel, who have been controlling the spot fixing and betting market in cricket in India, were behind the IPL spot fixing scandal.

The formal set of charges, running into 6,000 pages, named cricketers S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan among the 39 accused in the scandal related to IPL-6 held earlier this year.

The accused have been charged with offences of cheating and conspiracy under sections of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Police slapped provisions of the MCOCA against the accused, saying they were acting under the command of Dawood and Shakeel.

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid, players Harmeet Singh and Siddharth Trivedi have been named among 168 witnesses in the case.

(Source: IANS)

Delhi Police hunting for Dawood, Shakeel

dawoodThe Delhi Police is hunting for fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, his aide Chhota Shakeel and eight bookies, three of them in Pakistan, in connection with the spot fixing scandal in Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches, an official said Tuesday.

S.N. Srivastava, special commissioner of police (special cell), said: “Apart from Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel, we are still hunting for eight bookies. Three of them — identified as Javed Chotani, Salman and Ahtesaam — are Pakistan-based, while five belong to different cities of India.”

“We have a man as witness who has identified Dawood’s voice in two separate telephonic conversations,” said Srivastava.

After confirming Dawood’s link in the fixing scandal, we managed to get a non-bailable warrant against him and Shakeel from a court in Delhi, he said.

In a charge sheet filed in a Delhi court Tuesday, we have referred to about 12 voice samples as proof, along with phone conversations of accused and their cell phone ownership documents along with other evidence, he said.

Chotani was the mediator between Dawood and other bookies as he was in constant touch with the don, added the officer.

Bookie Ashwini Aggarwal, also known as Tinku Mandi, was named in the charge sheet as the main link between Indian bookies and the underworld, he said.

“Tinku Mandi and Chotani were in constant touch with Dawood. They were talking to Sunil Bhatia and Ramesh Vyas as mediator. Bhatia and Vyas were working as hawala operators,” said Srivastava.

Police filed a 6,000-page charge sheet, along with a summary of 577 pages, in court in the IPL-6 spot fixing case.

The formal set of charges named 39 accused, including Dawood, Shakeel and Rajasthan Royals cricketer S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, in the scandal unearthed in May.

“Till now, 29 people have been arrested in the IPL spot fixing case. Twenty-one of them are on bail, while eight are in judicial custody. Now we are hunting 10 more accused whose named we have mentioned in the charge sheet,” said Srivastava.

According to Srivastava, they have mentioned Dawood’s name in the first column of the charge sheet which has annexures that include transcripts of phone conversations, voice sample reports, forensic reports and confessional statements.

Police also file a plea in court to cancel the bail of 21 accused, including Sreesanth and Chavan.

Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested by Delhi Police from Mumbai May 16. The police later arrested 26 more accused. While Sreesanth and Chavan are out on bail along with 19 other accused, Chandila is still in Tihar jail with eight others.

Srivastava said they had recorded the statements of seven accused — including bookie Ramesh Vyas, Tinku Mandi, Firoz, Sunil Bhatia and Deepak — before a magistrate.

Police have named 168 prosecution witnesses, including former cricket board secretary Sanjay Jagdale, IPL CEO Sundar Raman, Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid and the team management.

The police have also attached the statements of Sidharth Trivedi and Harmeet Singh, both Rajasthan Royals cricketers, who said that bookies had approached them for spotfixing.

But the name of Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and his wife Shilpa Shetty had not been mentioned in the charge sheet as they were not found to be involved in fixing.

Srivastava said Vyas told them during interrogation that they use a code ‘Ek ka note 51 k 390777′ for the transfer of hawala money.

“Vyas was told to show good conduct towards ‘master’, Salmaan, and ‘doctor’, Chotani. He was also threatened by the underworld,” said the officer.

(Source: IANS)

IPL spot fixing: Chandila key conspirator police tell court

The investigating agency, in its reply before Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain, said: “For accused Ajit Chandila, it is reiterated that this player has emerged as the key conspirator in the entire chain acting on behalf of the syndicate.”

Opposing the bail plea of Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, arrested in connection with IPL spot fixing, the Delhi Police Friday told the court that he was a key conspirator in the entire case.

The Delhi Police’s Special Cell, filing its reply on Chandila’s bail plea, said he was acting at the behest of a syndicate run by gangster Dawood Ibrahim. It added that the player was directly in contact with bookies and players and had received money to perform as per their directions.

The investigating agency, in its reply before Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain, said: “For accused Ajit Chandila, it is reiterated that this player has emerged as the key conspirator in the entire chain acting on behalf of the syndicate.”

“A huge amount of money has also been recovered at his instance, which was received from various fixers. In view of the centrality of his role, his bail is strongly opposed.”

Police also filed replies on the bail applications of other arrested – bookies Ashwani Aggarwal, Baburao Yadav, Deepak Kumar and Sunil Bhatia, expressing strong opposition to bail for them.

 

Opposing the bail for Aggarwal, police said told the court that “he is a major bookie of Delhi having link with D-company and was the master controller of all north India terrorist on behalf of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel syndicate”.

The court, after hearing brief arguments adjourned the bail pleas for Saturday.

The judge also directed police to file reply on the bail application of alleged bookie Ramesh Vyas, who moved the court seeking relief after being remanded in judicial custody till June 18.

On May 16, Delhi Police arrested three Rajasthan Royals players – S. Sreesanth, Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on spot fixing charges.

Delhi Police had invoked provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against 28 accused in the case including three cricketers, alleging that they were acting under the command of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.

The other 21 accused including Sreesanth and Chavan have already been granted bail by the court.

(Source: IANS)

Delhi cops bring Dawood angle in spot-fixing scandal

The Delhi Police on Tuesday told a court that the IPL spot fixing scandal was allegedly linked to fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim as bookie Ashwini Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandey was in touch with him and his aides.


Senior public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan told chief metropolitan magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma that interception of various telephone calls suggested that “several big names may be involved in the case as calls were made to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim”.

Mandey was the one who had been in regular touch with the don’s men and players, police told the court.

The senior public prosecutor, without disclosing the name of people who have been in touch with the don or his aides, said: “We are missing the link of the whole episode which will be proved very soon… Some big names are also involved which I cannot disclose at this stage and they were in regular contact with D-company.”

The court directed the Tihar Jail authorities to present Mandey before a Mumbai court which issued production warrants against him.

The accused should be brought back before June 4, the day when Mandey’s judicial custody will expire, said the court. He was earlier sent to Tihar Jail for judicial custody till June 4, after police said he was no longer needed for interrogation.

So far Delhi Police have arrested 22 accused in the spot-fixing scandal.

Cricketers S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, who played for Rajasthan Royals team in the IPL, were also arrested in Mumbai by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing in matches for payments up toRs.60 lakh for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

SC upholds Memon death sentence, blames Pakistan

The Death sentence has been awarded to Yakub Memon by the Supreme court here in Delhi today.

Yakub was the person who involved in the 1993 Mumbai serial blast conspiracy with Dawood Ibrahim and other absconders in the conspiracy and blamed Pakistan for involvement.

A bench comprising Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan noted that the conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan in violation of all International norms.

It dismissed the contention of the convicts that the TADA court, Mumbai did not follow fair and correct procedure during the trial.

As many as 257 people were killed and 700 others injured in a series of bomb blasts that rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993.

The Court commuted the death sentence of 10 convicts to life imprisonment and upheld the life imprisonment awarded to 17 others