In a money laundering case filed against the fugitive, the Enforcement Directorate apprehended Dawood Ibrahim’s brother, Iqbal Kaskar.
Earlier, a Thane court granted the ED’s request to detain Iqbal Kaskar in connection with a probe into Dawood Ibrahim and his associates.
Kaskar is being transported from Thane prison to the Mumbai PMLA court, where he’ll be presented by ED officers in order to seek custodial detention. Kaskar has been imprisoned since 2017 for his role in three extortion crimes reported to Thane police. He was accused with violating the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA).
Kaskar allegedly worked for his brother, managing his gang operations and criminal commercial interests in Mumbai as well as other cities. It was recently revealed that the Dawood Ibrahim gang was active in the country, carrying out terror operations and attempting to disturb law and order.
Dawood Ibrahim and his close friend and aide, Chota Shakeel, were conducting hawala operations, betting syndicates, and illicit real estate-related companies in Mumbai and other locations, together with his brother Anees Ibrahim. The group was also engaged in extortion activities.
In the newly filed Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) against Dawood Ibrahim and his associates, ED officers will examine Iqbal Kaskar.
The ED began conducting searches at several sites across Mumbai on Tuesday morning for items pertaining to the fugitive underworld don. A team of ED officers also searched the home of late Haseena Parkar, Dawood Ibrahim’s sister, in Mumbai’s Nagpada neighbourhood.
In addition to Parkar, Salim Qureshi aka Salim Fruit, the brother-in-law of D-company (the Dawood gang) senior operative Chota Shakeel, was questioned by ED authorities for more than nine hours and might be called again. Kaskar’s close associates who were arrested in the extortion case were also questioned, and their Thane homes were searched.
In the ECIR created in a money laundering case, a top politician is claimed to be under the ED’s scrutiny.