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Dawood ready to face trial in India if?

A PERSON claiming to be the lawyer and spokesperson of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim tonight said Dawood was ready to face trial in India if he was given a ?fair hearing?.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 14:30 IST
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A PERSON claiming to be the lawyer and spokesperson of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim tonight said Dawood was ready to face trial in India if he was given a “fair hearing”.

Asked what was the problem for Dawood in facing trial in India, he said, “No one has ever said ‘no’ to it. If you hold a fair hearing, we are ready to face the trial. But you know how Indian police obtain evidence. People go healthy but come out unhealthy. There is no rule of law in India”.

Identified as Meraj, the spokesperson told Aaj Tak over phone, reportedly from London, that Dawood was ready to face trial in a third country.

The spokesman denied the accusations that either Dawood Ibrahim or any of his gang member was involved in any terrorist activisties, including 1993 Mumbai blasts and murder of cassette king Gulshan Kumar in 1997. “We categorically deny all the accusations. We have nothing to do with it (Mumbai blasts),” Meraz said adding “the person involved is right now in India, behind bars in Mumbai facing trial,” he said apparently referring to extradited gangster Abu Salem.

Asked about the Interpol red corner notice against Dawood, his name figuring in America’s list of terrorists and India declaring him as most wanted terrorist, Meraz said, “these were mere accusations.”

Bollywood reacts: According to a Mumbai report, Bollywood reacted to a 1990 videoclip telecast by a news channel showing actors dancing at a party thrown by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Dubai, with hero Jackie Shroff saying “things have now changed for the better.” Jackie, who was shown in the video performing a dance, said he did not remember the event which happened 15 years ago but in those days the situation was different and actors were asked on telephone to attend such parties.

However, “the situation now has changed for the better and things have improved considerably.”

Govinda, who was also depicted in the video dancing to his favourite tunes, was unavailable for comments.
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First Published: Feb 13, 2006 01:05 IST