ED to chase Iqbal Kaskar's 'suspicious' money

'Suspicious' bank transactions, even international ones, have come to light

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ED to chase Iqbal Kaskar's 'suspicious' money
Iqbal Kaskar


In what could deal a major blow to the D-company, while probing the two alleged extortion cases against Iqbal Kaskar, brother of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, the Thane police has allegedly come across traces of illegal bank transactions. To that end, the Enforcement Director (ED) is likely to file an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) against Kaskar, which will then lead to attachment of Kaskar's benami properties.

On September 18, Kaskar was arrested by Thane Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) after a builder registered a case of extortion against him at the Kasarvadavali police station. In his complaint, the builder claimed that Kaskar had demanded four flats along with cash as extortion money. Later, another case was filed by a jeweller at the Thane Nagar police station.

A senior police officer privy to investigations has confirmed that they have come across 'suspicious' bank transactions. Moreover, there are also indications that suggest illegal hawala links. "During interrogation, Kaskar mentioned benami properties that he had purchased through ill-gotten money. During the probe, international transfer of funds have also come to fore. Kaskar is now unwilling to co-operate and is complaining that he is unwell," said a senior Thane police department officer.

"We will produce Kaskar at Thane court on Tuesday and seek further police custody to gather more evidence pertaining to this money trail," added the officer.

Meanwhile, former IPS officer, YP Singh said, "The ED should first register the ECIR and initiate a formal probe. The findings of Thane police department should be taken seriously and a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) must be registered and the attachment of properties should take place after adequate probe." He added, "The informal findings of the police should be directed towards a formal complaint, which could be a major blow to the underworld."


  • 'Suspicious' bank transactions, even international ones, have come to light
  • Benami properties were bought from transactions that point to illegal hawala links
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