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Scribe who bid for Dawood’s property fails to pay up

Balakrishnan, a former jour nalist who bid for fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s restaurant ‘Delhi Zaika’ on Pakmodia street, is struggling to collect finances to purchase the property

india Updated: Jan 08, 2016 08:51 IST
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Balakrishnan, a former jour nalist who bid for fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s restaurant ‘Delhi Zaika’ on Pakmodia street, is struggling to collect finances to purchase the property
Balakrishnan, a former jour nalist who bid for fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s restaurant ‘Delhi Zaika’ on Pakmodia street, is struggling to collect finances to purchase the property

Balakrishnan, a former journalist who bid for fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s restaurant ‘Delhi Zaika’ on Pakmodia street, is struggling to collect finances to purchase the property. Of the mammoth Rs 4.28 crore, he has only managed to pay rS 30 lakh.

“After paying Rs 30 lakh, I tried to collect the remaining amount from several businessmen. However, I was shocked to see how Dawood’s name scared them,” said Balakrishnan.

Balakrishnan said that the industrialists told him that they couldn’t donate for the property, as they fear the power of the don and his abilities in India. “Desh Seva Samiti, my organization, had collected the money with utmost difficulties and now we will not even get that money back,” he added.

He said he fears if the property goes in wrong hands, it could be misused.

“I even suggested that the building should be used by the police itself but no one paid heed. In a way Dawood won as no one could gather the courage to come up against him to donate. It was a case of prestige for him,” said Balakrishnan.

Talking about his connection with the underworld, Balakrishnan said, “some people said that I might be working for Dawood’s rival Chhota Rajan, but I would like to clear the confusion by saying that if that was the case then I would not be fetching for money to save the bid.”

Born on October 27, 1952, Balakrishnan spent his childhood at Matunga, before his family moved to Ghatkopar and then to Chembur.