ED uncovers alleged links between Praful Patel’s firm and Dawood aide

Former union minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel and his wife, Varsha, are the promoters of Millennium Developers, which had developed the property, Ceejay House.

Underworld-political nexus: Praful Patel-Iqbal Mirchi link established
MUMBAI: From the cache of documents seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an alleged money laundering/terror funding case, a 2007 confirmation deed between Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd and family members of late drug lord Iqbal Memon alias Iqbal Mirchi has put the spotlight on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel.

Patel is a promoter of the realty firm that developed Ceejay House, a plush property in south-central Mumbai, which is being investigated as a ‘proceed of crime’ of Memon. Memon is a close aide of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

Sources said, Mukhtar Memon, Mirchi’s brother-inlaw was questioned at ED's Mumbai office in connection with the sale of Mirchi’s properties to Sunblink Real Estate Pvt Ltd and Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd.

According to the February 21, 2007 document, reviewed by the ET, a deed of confirmation was entered between Millennium Developers and ‘tenants’, identified as Hajra Memon, wife of Iqbal and their children, Asif and Junaid. The paper bears the signature of Praful Patel identifying him as a ‘co-owner’ of the said property.

“... the owners had agreed to provide the tenants an alternative accommodation in Shreeniketan building (now known as Ceejay House), “admeasuring 9000 sq ft including the proportionate area of common toilets on the third floor and 5000 sq ft including the proportionate area of common toilets on the fourth floor of the building with six car parking spaces and one open car parking on ownership basis,” the document states.

Praful didn't respond to the text messages sent by ET.

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