Commenting on NCP leader Praful Patel's alleged links with Dawood's aide Iqbal Mirchi, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dr.Subramanian Swamy, on Saturday said that the case should be investigated completely, speaking to Republic TV. He alleged that the links may not stop with Patel and may go further. He stated that the Courts must decide what these new revelations imply. He also congratulated Republic TV for uncovering the link between Patel and Mirchi.
"In connection with the NCP case, it started with the real estate channels when I was the MP of Bombay. I think we must get to the bottom of this. This will not be just restricted to Patel. It will go pretty far and wide," he said.
Citing PM Modi's resolve against corruption, Dr. Swamy said that the links of Dawood with political parties is not surprising. Slamming the 1993 Bombay blast mastermind, he said that many were connected to Dawood for money laundering. He also alleged that the links may extend beyond NCP too. He also said that nobody is above the law, citing the current dilemma former Union Minister P Chidambaram is in.
" The final authority on this matter is the Court. Frankly, there is no surprise that Dawood has these links in India with not just NCP, but other parties too. I am glad that because of the Prime Minister's resolve nobody is above the law now. It has been shown in the case of Chidambaram also. No resolve has been left unturned to mete out justice. Mr. Chidambaram has now spent close to 60 days in jail waiting for interrogation," he said.
Encouraging the agencies to investigate further into the case, he said, "The worst part is that he (Dawood) has been evading the government because of the support of some politicians. These politicians need him to launder money and their Hawala agents based in Dubai have to do salaam to Dawood. Now you have traced one link which must be traced to its logical conclusion. There will also be links outside with their (NCP) coalition partners."
Earlier in the day, documents accessed by Republic TV indicates that prima facie there is a clear link between the international drug dealer Iqbal Mirchi 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”. 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. ED sources state Patel family — Praful Patel’s father — was one of the 65 people who bought the property from the Maharaja. The company linked to Praful Patel entered into an agreement with Mirchi to develop the property.
Previously on Friday, in a major crackdown on D-gang, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested two people – Haroon Yusuf and Ranjeet Singh Bindra – from Mumbai. The arrested people facilitated a land deal worth Rs 200 crore for gangster Iqbal Mirchi. While Yusuf allegedly transferred the money into a trust and facilitated the deal, Bindra brokered the land deal. ED which is probing into old cases, found that Mirchi through his associates, from the proceeds of crime, had purchased three properties belonging to Sir Mohammed Yusuf Trust in September 1986 for an amount of 6.5 lakh.