New Delhi, Jan 12: In a major blow to Dawood Ibrahim, a tribunal has given the go ahead to the Centre to take over two of his properties in Mumbai. The appellate tribunal for forfeited property passed the order under the provisions enshrined under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators Act.
[Also Read: UAE puts Dawood Ibrahim's properties under scanner]
The two buildings in question are the Dambarawala building and Shabnam guest house in Mumbai. Both the guest houses had been declared illegal and were seized by the government in 2002 and 2005.
Dawood's brother Iqbal Kaskar had moved the Mumbai high court in 2015 against the seizure of the Dambarwala property. There were 27 other appeals also filed against the seizure of the guest house by various tenants.
[Also read: Dawood Ibrahim has 50 prime properties in 10 countries]
In its order the tribunal noted that the buildings had been purchased using money earned through smuggling and other illegal activities. The tenants, however, argued that they cannot be acquitted since they have been paying rent.
The tribunal, however, noted that the claimants to the property were unable to provide any proof that the property was acquired through legal sources. The tribunal noted that the property held was in the name of Amnia Bi, Dawood's mother.
The property was acquired through the illegal money earned by Dawood, the tribunal further noted.