PM Narendra Modi during his address at Mumbai's Bandra-Kurla Complex on Friday raised Republic TV's newsbreak on alleged link between NCP's Praful Patel-Dawood's gang and the latter's hold over Mumbai real estate. Republic Media Network's sensational sting has exposed the D-Gang's operations and continued control over the Mumbai property market. Republic's sting entails Mumbai-based developer Jayant Soni narrating how he had embarked upon a deal over property owned by a trust that it emerged was linked to the D-gang and Dawood aide Iqbal Mirchi.
The Prime Minister who is campaigning in the state ahead of the elections on October 21, urged voters to be aware of parties and people who don't care about Maharashtra's pride. He also said that parties in power during and after the 1993 Mumbai blasts not only failed to deliver justice to the victims but allegedly had business relations with the culprits behind the incident – which is Republic TV's story about alleged business links between NCP's Praful Patel and Ibrahim Mirchi.
"When it comes to justice for terror victims, Congress and their allies advocate for the terrorists. Mumbai, Maharashtra, India can never forget the wounds of 1993 (Mumbai blasts). The party in power at that time failed to give them justice. Those who killed our own fled from the country. And the reason is now revealed. Instead of catching the culprits they were doing Mirchi business. Sometimes they would do business of mirchi (chilli) and sometimes do business with Mirchi (Iqbal Mirchi)," he said.
Republic Media Network accessed documents bearing the alleged signature of NCP leader Praful Patel on a deal with those linked to Dawood's aide Iqbal Mirchi. The document clearly about Ceejay property shows the name 'Praful Manoharbhai Patel' on the document and names 'Asif Iqbal Memon', 'Hajra Iqbal Memon' and 'Junaid Iqbal Memon', all linked to Iqbal Mirchi. Republic also accessed two more deed documents from 1999 and 2004 with the alleged signature of Praful Patel and the Mirchi family's Hajra Iqbal Memon.
This document dated May 1999, hints at Praful Patel's alleged deep links with the D-gang. An investigation carried out by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) revealed 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. Read details on the alleged link between the NCP leader and Dawood aide below.
Republic Media Network has caught on tape Mumbai-based developer Jayant Soni on camera talking about Iqbal Mirchi's influence in the real estate business during 2007-2008. Soni not only spoke of his own personal meeting with Iqbal Mirchi but also revealed an alleged deal between Iqbal Mirchi and a certain “Dheeraj” for D-gang linked properties - Rabia Mansion and Samudra Mahal. He reveals how he was sidelined from the deal for a well connected man, he identifies as “Dheeraj”, in spite of having signed an MoU regarding the properties.