SC lawyer from Delhi claims he bid to dispel ‘Dawood fear’
Winners Have To Deposit 25% Within 30 Days
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.