SC lawyer from Delhi claims he bid to dis­pel ‘Da­wood fear’

Win­ners Have To De­posit 25% Within 30 Days

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ma­teen.Hafeez @times­group.com

Mum­bai: The three prop­er­ties al­legedly owned by Da­wood Ibrahim—Ho­tel Rau­naq Afroz which is also known as Delhi Zaiqa, Shab­nam Guest House on Mo­hammed Ali Road and Da­mar­wala Build­ing at Pak­modia Street, where Da­wood’s younger brother Iqbal Kaskar lived till Septem­ber be­fore mov­ing to his sis­ter’s house—were auc­tioned on Tues­day, amid tight se­cu­rity. Po­lice per­son­nel, armed with so­phis­ti­cated weapons, were de­ployed at the auc­tion venue.

“The Saifee Burhani Up­lift­ment Trust (SBUT) par­tic­i­pated in the auc­tion through all three means, e-auc­tion, pub­lic auc­tion and ten­der in sealed en­ve­lope. This means they were se­ri­ous about the prop­er­ties. The clos­est to them in the Ho­tel Rau­naq Afroz auc­tion was Delhi-based lawyer, Bhu­pen­dra Bhard­waj, who par­tic­i­pated in the pub­lic auc­tion and placed a bid for over Rs 2 crore. How­ever, SBUT won the bid with Rs 4.52 crore,” said a fi­nance min­istry of­fi­cial. A few flats, oc­cu­pied by Kaskar, were not in­cluded as the case is pend­ing in the Bom­bay HC.

Ad­vo­cate Bhard­waj, who prac­tises in the Supreme Court, said, “I came here to par­tic­i­pate in the auc­tion and wanted to buy Da­wood Ibrahim’s prop­er­ties. I want to say I am not afraid of any­one. I will wipe out their (D-gang) fear from our hearts. If I get to know about any Da­wood prop­erty auc­tion in fu­ture, I will come and par­tic­i­pate.”

Three other prop­er­ties, be­long­ing to those who ei­ther evaded cus­toms duty or were found guilty in gold smug­gling—a Maz­gaon flat, ten­ancy rights in Dadri­wala chawl at Mo­hammed Ali Road and a fac­tory plot in Au­rangabad—were also auc­tioned. Bhard­waj won the bid for the Au­rangabad plot.

The bid win­ners have to pay 25% of the amount within 30 days. The rest will have to be paid in the next 60 days.

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