Mumbai: A special MCOCA court in Mumbai on Wednesday acquitted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Kaskar and five others in Sara Sahara mall case for lack of evidence.
Kaskar had been arrested by Mumbai police under the MCOCA after he was extradited from Dubai in 2003.
The six — along with Dawood, Shakeel, Iqbal Kaskar, his aide Tariq Parveen and four civic officials — had been charged under various sections of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and Indian Penal Code for conspiracy, criminal intimidation, extortion, aiding and abetting organised crime syndicate.
The case was related to an alleged attempt by Dawood to enter Mumbai's real estate market in connivance with some corrupt civic officials. It alleged that Sara Sahara Mall, a shopping centre in Mumbai, was allegedly owned by Dawood.
The case was filed in 2003, alleging that Dawood had bought some shopping malls in the city, including the Sara Sahara Mall, which was allegedly an illegal construction. The Supreme Court had issued demolition orders against the mall in July 2006. But the demolition orders were deferred then due to lack of adequate security.
The case had exposed links between Mumbai civic body officials and underworld elements after the police intercepted some telephone conversations, purportedly between Kaskar and co-accused Shaikh and Teli. The matter came to light four years ago.
Subsequently, Mumbai police managed to arrest Kaskar after he deported to India.
After several hearings, the special court on Wednesday passed the verdict, acquitting six of the accused — including Kaskar — for lack of evidence. The court, however, found three others — Rehman, Sattar and Parveen — guilty in the case. Two other accused — Shakeel and Dawood — are still absconding/wanted. The sentence for the convicts has not yet been decided. The operative order is expected on June 25.
(Inputs from Agency)