MUMBAI: As the TADA court sentenced former ‘D Company’ gangster Abu Salem in Mumbai serial bomb blast case 1993 today, another court ordered attachment of two properties of Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother Iqbal Kaskar in Bhindi Bazar area.
According to reports, notices were pasted at the properties namely Dambarwala Building at Pakmodia Street and Shabnam Guest House at JJ Marg under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeitures of Property) Act, 1976 or SAFEMA Act.
The notice ordered all the occupants and tenants to vacate these premises. Media reports said that this action has been taken by the authorities in accordance with the order of Appellate Tribunal for Fortified Property.
The Tribunal had instructed Central Government to take over the properties of Dawood Ibrahim’s brother located in South Mumbai.
On 6th September, 2017, a notice was issued by Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Office of the Competitive Authority and Administrator, Smugglers And Foreign Exchange Manipulators(Forfeiture of properties) Act, 1976 and Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. This authority has its office at Mittal Court, C wing, 3rd floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
Notice has the names of all shop owners as well as room owners of Dambarwala building, Yakub Street, Pakmodia street. Iqbal Kaskar a.k.a Shaikh Mohammed Iqbal Hasan has room no.28-29 and 30 in the building.
Notices to vacate these premises has been issued as the authority feels Dambarwala Building and Shabnam Guest House are in dilapidated condition. However, most of the tenants who are living in this building for several decades now, decided to challenge the notice in Court.
It may be recalled that Hussainiwala building collapsed in Pakmodia street, which is a few blocks away from Dambarwala building last week. Sources said that Hussainiwala building was also a dilapidated building but many tenants did not vacate their rooms despite being served notices.
More than 32 tenants died in the accident where Iqbal Kaskar was among the earliest to reach the building crash site to help the victims.