3 Da­wood prop­er­ties sold to Burhani trust

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Three prop­er­ties be­long­ing to fugi­tive don Da­wood Ibrahim were sold to the Saifee Burhani Uplift­ment Trust (SBUT) for Rs 11.5 crore at an auc­tion at the In­dian Mer­chant’s Cham­ber at Church­gate on Tues­day.

A Smug­gling and For­eign Ex­change Ma­nip­u­la­tors (For­fei­ture of Prop­erty) Act (SAFEMA) of­fi­cial said, “Rau­naq Afroz restau­rant, also known as Delhi Zaika at 33 Pak­modia Street, was sold for Rs 4.53 crore. A sec­ond prop­erty in Da­mar­wala was sold for Rs 3.53 crore while the Shab­nam Guest­house at Bhendi Bazar fetched a price of Rs 3.52 crore. The auc­tioned prop­erty at Da­mar­wala build­ing in­cludes six flats.

The first and the third floor apart­ments in Da­mar­wala build­ing are Da­wood’s an­ces­tral prop­erty, where he used to stay with this fam­ily be­fore flee­ing the coun­try in 1986.

Ho­tel Rau­naq Afroz was one of the first prop­er­ties pur­chased by Da­wood when he took con­trol of the smug­gling busi­ness from his men­tor, Haji Mas­tan. Shab­nam Guest­house, a dou­ble­storey struc­ture at Yakub Street, was ear­lier oc­cu­pied by Da­wood’s sis­ter Haseena and brother Iqbal.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial state­ment by a SBUT spokesper­son, "The three prop­er­ties (Shab­nam Guest House, Da­mar­wala build­ing and Ho­tel Rau­naq Afroz) fall un­der our on­go­ing Bhendi Bazaar re­de­vel­op­ment project. Th­ese build­ings are in a di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion and un­fit for liv­ing. There­fore, to en­sure the safety of the fam­i­lies liv­ing in th­ese build­ings and to carry on with the re­de­vel­op­ment project, we par­tic­i­pated in the bid­ding and ac­quired th­ese prop­er­ties." The Hindu Ma­hasabha, which had ear­lier ex­pressed its in­ten­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the auc­tion, failed to de­posit the earnest money and was dis­qual­i­fied. Last week, a phys­i­cal in­spec­tion of the three premises was con­ducted. Af­ter Da­wood fled In­dia in the 1990s, prop­er­ties be­long­ing to him and his as­so­ciates were seized.

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