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Court for fresh proceedings against Dawood

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 16, 2014
First Published: 16:44 IST(16/8/2014) | Last Updated: 01:08 IST(17/8/2014)

A city court on Saturday directed fresh property attachment proceedings against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel, absconding in IPL spot-fixing case, even after the Delhi Police submitted that such action has been taken against them in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Following the court's earlier direction, the Special Cell of Delhi Police informed it that properties of Dawood and Chhota Shakeel were already attached in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

The court, however, was dissatisfied with the response and ordered fresh initiation of proceedings for attachment of properties under sections 82 (proclamation for person absconding), 83 (attachment of property of person absconding) of CrPC against Dawood and Shakeel in IPL spot-fixing scandal case.

"Though there is a report furnished by ACP Special Cell regarding initiation of proceedings for attachment of properties but in the entire bunch of documents there is no statement by the head constable who carried out the process.

"The documents filed are in Marathi language without translation. Even the document in Hindi is not proper. Let the document be filed in the language of the court," Additional Sessions Judge Bharat Parashar said.

The court also expressed concern over "repeated adjournments" in the case and directed the police to supply copies of charge sheet and other documents filed along with it to all the accused.

Earlier, the Special Cell had informed the court that non-bailable warrants (NBWs) issued against these absconding accused, who were chargesheeted in the case,could not be executed as they no longer reside at their last known addresses in India.

Besides Dawood and Shakeel, the NBWs were issued against Pakistan-based Javed Chutani, Salman alias Master and Ehteysham, who all are considered to be Dawood's associates.

The Special Cell had filed a 6,000-page charge sheet against the accused in the case.

The court had on June 10 last year granted bail to cricketers S Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and 19 others for lack of evidence against them under the provisions of stringent law Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Other accused, including cricketer Ajit Chandila, were also granted bail later on by the court.

The police, in its charge sheet, had claimed that Dawood and Shakeel, who have been "controlling the fixing and betting market" in cricket in India, were behind the IPL spot-fixing.


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