Tariq Parveen, a closed aid of Dawood Ibrahim invested in Bollywood too.
This was revealed when the sharp shooter was questioned by the Lucknow police that arrested him in Mumbai’s Crawford market area and brought him here in connection with the 1999 Laxmi Guest House case.
Cops had arrested Azizuddin, a Pune resident and Aqeel Ahmed of Lucknow in 1999 with a huge cache of arms and ammunition including an AK-47 and 96 live cartridges but Parveen who was in the guesthouse then managed to flee.
After fleeing from Lucknow, Parveen was arrested in Mumbai for extortion but got bail after eight months. And in 2000, he went to Dubai.
Parveen came back in 2004 after expanding his network and was also an accused in the Sara Sahara case in which land was grabbed for a commercial complex in Mumbai.
During these years, Parveen developed contacts with celebrities and influential people in Maharashtra and due to this, those who suffered at his hands avoided filing complaint.
“Through his connections, Parveen invested in films. We are investigating into these aspects,” said Yashasvi Yadav, SSP Lucknow.
The police team tracking his movements said Parveen had started keeping a beard for disguise before being brought to Lucknow on transit remand on Tuesday. He was in close contact with several Bollywood celebrities and used to invest the money earned through his terror network.
Cops will now probe into his connections, investments in Bollywood and his aides who helped him carry out his operations in Maharashtra and Dubai.
The money-mafia-Bollywood nexus is nothing new. The industry welcomed funds from gangsters and politicians, looking for ways to launder their black money.
Death of Gulshan Kumar in 1997 and that of actress Manisha Koirala’s secretary were supposed to be linked to the nexus.