Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two others were sent to 4-daypolice custody by a Thane court on Wednesday in connection with an extortion case. Kaskar and his two aides were recently arrested in Mumbai by the anti-extortion cell of the police following complaint by a builder. Encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma had led the team that had picked up Kaskar.

As per the police, Iqbar Kaskar had illegally taken four houses from the builder and had been demanding more.

“The builder had approached Kaskar in the past to settle a dispute pertaining to a plot. And Kaskar had demanded four houses in return for the settlement. But he pushed for one more property, after which the builder approached us,” a police officer had told media after investigating the case.

Earlier on Tuesday, Enforcement Directorate (ED) had registered a money laundering case under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Kaskar, his aides Israr Z Saiyyad and Mumtaz A Sheikh and others based on the police FIR, filed on charges of extortion and illegal transfer of property. The ED was also planning to attach their properties under the PMLA.

Kaskar was earlier arrested in February 2015 on charges of extortion and assault. He had been deported to India from the United Arab Emirates in 2003. Kaskar was wanted in a murder case as well as for his alleged role in the Sara Sahara case where a building came up illegally on government land. However, he was acquitted by a court in both the cases. 

Meanwhile, police is also investigating if Dawood Ibrahim has any role to play in the case.The underworld don is ‘wanted’ in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, which had resulted in scores of injuries and deaths. He is believed to be living in Karachi even though Pakistan continues to deny his presence in the country. 

First Published | 27 September 2017 4:39 PM
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