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Jun 20, 2007 at 08:36am IST

Don's kin let off in Sara Sahara case

Mumbai: Last week it was underworld don-on-the run Dawwod Ibrahim's sister - Haseena Parkar's - day in court.

On Wednesday, the special MCOCA court in Mumbai pronounced Dawood's brother not guilty in the case of the construction of the illegal shopping centre Sara Sahara.

The images of Iqbal Kaskar's lawyers distributing sweets after his release were like a slap in the face of the prosecution, which bungled up the case.

Says Kaskar's lawyer, Rizwan Merchant, "They have not been able to prove that he is either a part of the organised crime or of the syndicate or engaged in any unlawful activity."

Another visibly relieved person was Haseena Parkar who thanked God that her brother had been pronounced not guilty by the court.

The case pertains to the illegal construction of twin shopping complexes Sara and Sahara, on land owned by the Public Works Department in Mumbai.

The land was originally reserved for the construction of a municipal school and it was alleged that the shopping complexes were constructed in connivance with BMC officials.

However, all four municipal officials - former assistant municipal commissioner Kiran Achrekar, executive engineer H P Shah and assistant engineers Narendra Rajbhar and Shirish Salvekar - were found not guilty.

The main accused - underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his right hand man Chhota Shakeel - are still absconding.

The only three men who have been found guilty are Tariq Parveen, Abdul Rehman and Abdul Sattar.

However, the police is unwilling to concede defeat and Joint Commissioner, Mumbai Police, Meera Borwankar even said that this was not a defeat but a "partial victory".

"There is an organised crime syndicate involved in this and this the court has accepted so it is a partial victory for us," she said.

Even though the men in khakhi are viewing this as a partial victory, the judgement will undoubtedly boost the morale of the D-gang and its to perhaps further their activities that Iqbal Kaskar has announced his decision to enter politics.

(With inputs from Deborah Grey in Mumbai)

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