The Supreme Court denied bail on Wednesday to the nephew of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in a 2019 case filed against him for alleged threats sent to a builder under the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA).
A panel of Justices MR Shah and BV Nagarathna directed the trial court to file charges in the case and permitted Dawood’s nephew to reapply for bail.
The court dismissed the appeal filed against the Bombay High Court’s December 2021 ruling rejecting Mohammed Rizwan Iqbal Hasan Shaikh Ibrahim Kaskar’s bail application.
Kaskar was apprehended in July of this year. The police submitted their charge sheet under MCOCA on October 10, 2019.
According to the case, the builder, who also had an electronic goods import business, claimed that his business partner owed him Rs 15 lakh and that in June 2019, he received an international call on behalf of wanted gangster Chhota Shakeel, made through wanted accused and gang member Fahim Machmach, advising him not to insist on payment.
The High Court, while rejecting his appeal, stated that no bail should be allowed because the case record shows Kaskar’s involvement in the crime.
The case against Shakeel, Kaskar, and others was based on a complaint filed by the builder with the Pydhonie police station.
In his ruling refusing bail, the special MCOCA court found adequate evidence to infer Kaskar’s involvement in the IPC offence of extortion and that “the authorities were warranted in activating provisions of MCOCA” against him.