Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother, Iqbal Kaskar, has moved an application before the Bombay high court, seeking to expedite the Maharashtra government’s appeal against his acquittal in a case relating to the illegal construction of shopping malls in the city.
The Bombay high court had, in September 2007, admitted the appeal against Kaskar and five others and said the hearing of the case would be expedited.
Kaskar was accused of entering into a criminal conspiracy to build, on government land, the Sara-Sahara malls; the work was allegedly financed by Dawood.
At the time of admitting the appeal, the court had directed that he would have to surrender before the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court and obtain bail as per the procedure.
Kaskar’s advocate, Shyam Keswani, said his client now wanted the appeal expedited as it was more than five years since it was admitted and slated for expedited hearing.
Kaskar states that he was not able to procure a passport because the authorities were not issuing the same due to the pending appeal.
The MCOCA Court had, on June 13 this year, acquitted Kaskar, builder Gulam Nabi Tanwar and four officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, namely Kiran Acharekar, Narendra Rajbhar, Hasmukh Shah and Shirish Salvekar.
Three other accused in the case – Tariq Parveen, Abdul Rehman Abdul Gafoor Sheikh and Abdul Sattar Haji Jinabhai Radhanpura – were convicted. The accused were charged with forcing the original occupant of Munim Compound opposite the Mumbai police Commissioner’s office to vacate the structure and building the shopping complexes there illegally.