Did Dawood’s key aide Iqbal Mirchi have a political link? Documents accessed by Republic TV on Saturday, indicates that prima facie there is a clear link between the international drug dealer and NCP leader Praful Patel’s family. An investigation carried out by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) reveals that Mirchi amassed various properties in India and overseas from the proceeds of crime generated through various illegal offences.
The agency has identified several properties in Mumbai “beneficially owned by Mirchi and his family member”. Two of the properties in Mumbai were sold to M/s Sublink Realtors Pvt Ltd and M/s Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd “through dubious means of sale proceeds which were eventually laundered.”
The property in question is a posh building in Mumbai — Ceejay House. It is a 15 storey commercial building in the heart of the maximum city. This building was constructed as a joint venture between Mirchi and M/s Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd in 2006-07. Subsequently, the third and fourth floor of Ceejay House (14,000 sq feet) was transferred to Mirchi family by M/s Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd in 2007.
Now here comes the twist in the story. Republic TV has exclusively accessed a company document of M/s Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd which indicates that NCP leader Praful Patel and Varsha Patel were shareholders of this company as of March 31, 2016. According to agency sources, a part of the proceeds of the sale of these properties was routed through fake bank accounts opened in a bank in Chennai. These revelations have been refuted by NCP on the ground that Ceejay House is not owned by an individual.
NCP has released a statement: The Patel Family bought the property on which Ceejay House has been constructed from Maharaja of Gwalior in the year 1963. The property was in Court Reciever from 1978-2005 due to disputes among co-owners. During this period there was illegal occupant in the premises behind the then building. They were relocated by an Order of the High Court on the third floor when the building was redeveloped. Ceejay House is not owned by any individuals being mentioned in the news report. All documents and Court orders are available on record.
Sources within Mumbai Police and ED say that the statement is riddled with falsehoods. Patel family — Praful Patel’s father — was one of the 65 people who bought the property from the Maharaja. Ceejay House property was in the possession of Iqbal Mirchi. The company linked to Praful Patel entered into an agreement with Mirchi to develop the property. There was no litigation in 2007 when two floors of the building were handed over to Mirchi. ”How did the Mirchi family get to this property — a property that has clear connections with the Patel family ?” asked a source within the agency.