Taking cognisance of the ED’s charge sheet against Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, the special court for the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Mumbai said there is prima facie evidence to indicate that he was directly and knowingly involved in money laundering and criminal conspiracy with D-Gang members to usurp Goawala compound in Kurla.
D-Company is generally referred to the criminal syndicate organized Bombay underworld founded and controlled by notorious Dawood Ibrahim.
The charge sheet in this case was filed last month and Special judge Rahul Rokde went through the chargesheet. After going though it, he said: “After going through the allegations levelled in the complaint against the accused and on perusal of various documents placed on record, it appears that there are sufficient grounds for proceeding further with this case and hence, my opinion is that process is required to be issued in this case against the accused arrayed in this complaint.”
The special court for PMLA issued a process against Malik and his companies, Solidus Investments Pvt Ltd and Malik Infrastructure. The process is also issued against Sardar Shahvali Khan alias Sardar Khan — a 1993 blast convict who is currently lodged in the Aurangabad central prison.
The federal agency said that during the investigation, it was revealed that Hasina Parkar was involved in unauthorised possession/acquisition of key assets for raising terror funds. Goawala Compound, owned by Munira Plumber and Marium Goawala, happens to be one such key assets. Hasina Parkar is a deceased sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who, in his brother’s absence, ran the D-Company.
“It is alleged that Malik and members of the D-Company criminally conspired and took unauthorised possession/acquisition of the property. It appears from the statements that Sardar Khan was also a part of the conspiracy. In lieu of his assistance in usurping the property of Plumber, he got a covered area of around 368 sq metres in Goawala Compound,” the ED said in its chargesheet.
Members of the D-Company and Malik, to usurp the above property, connived together and executed several illegal documents to put a facade of genuinity over the criminal act, the ED said.
Malik agreed to pay Rs 55 lakhs to Parkar, Rs 15 lakhs to Salim Patel (Parkar’s driver, now deceased) and Rs 5 lakhs to Sardar Khan after the politician and Parkar entered into a criminal conspiracy.
Initially, Malik illegally occupied Kurla General Store using his clout and muscle power, the ED chargesheet said, adding that he misguided people and took over the shed in Goawala Compound to acquire his company, Solidus Investments.
As per the central agency’s chargesheet, Malik connived with Hasina Parkar and Sardar Khan. The NCP leader held a meeting to hatch a conspiracy. Salim Patel, by misguiding Plumber, executed power of attorney in his favour as a part of this conspiracy. Subsequently, a forged supplementary power of attorney was executed in his favour.
Several fake documents, on the basis of the forged power of attorney, were created to usurp the property. Nawab Malik later acquired the portion controlled by Parkar and Sardar.
The property usurped by Malik in connivance with Hasina Parkar and others is proceeds of crime, the agency stressed.The acquisition of the proceeds of crime is generated from illegal activities. “There is prima facie evidence to indicate that the accused is directly and knowingly involved in a money laundering offence, therefore, he is responsible for committing the offence and is liable for punishment,” said the ED.
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