A co-defendant in a money laundering case in which Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik is also named as a defendant, says Malik’s company bought his property at below market value and did not hadn’t even paid the full amount.
In his statement to the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED), Sardar Khan said his father Shahvali Khan was the rent collector of Goawala compound in Kurla district of Mumbai. Nawab Malik is said to have usurped a substantial part of this property.
Sardar Khan said he helped his father between 1987 and 1993. After his arrest in the 1993 Mumbai serial explosion case, his brother, Rehman, started collecting rent.
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According to Sardar Khan, around 1999-2000, underworld henchman Salim Patel Haseena Parker, don Dawood Ibrahim’s sister, told him that he had bought the property from Munira Plumber. When Khan asked him about the deed/sale agreement, he showed the power of attorney (POA) allegedly given to him by Munira Plumber.
Meanwhile, Munira Plumber claims she never signed a power of attorney authorizing the sale of a property and her signature is forged on it. Munira Plumber and her mother Mariam belonged to both Munira Plumber and her mother.
“However, there was no power of attorney from Marium Goawala as she was also a 1/8 shareholder of the said property. After seeing the POA, took the objection that there is no authority left to you granted regarding the sale or purchase of this property. He just avoided my objection and no document was produced by him regarding the purchase of this property,” Khan said.
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Sardar Khan explained that since Patel was Haseena’s henchman, he learned that “every decision regarding this property was made by Saleem Patel on the instructions of Haseena Aapa (Haseena Parkar was also called Haseena Aapa).”
“Actually, the real owner of this property was only Haseena Aapa. There were so many disputes with this property like illegal encroachments and irregular rent payments etc. Also, other land grabbing mafias were watching also this property”, Sardar Khan
Khan reiterated that Haseena was interested in the Kurla property.
“She (Haseena) was ladies friendly and wanted to solve the problem. Since she was Dawood Ibrahim’s sister could not have approached Munira Plumber, she delegated Salim Patel, her close associate to do the same,” Khan said, reiterating that Patel was carrying out this work on Kurla’s property on “behalf of Haseena Parkar only”.
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After Munira Plumber gave Patel the POA to remove the encroachments, instead of removing them he also encroached on the land and established an office there. After a few threats Munira Plumber had received, she was no longer interested in the property, Khan claimed.
After Haseena and Nawab Malik decided which portions of property they should keep, Khan and his brother, who were rent collectors for the property, also received property from Patel. Khan said he didn’t know the legality of the paperwork, but it was what he was promised. Khan then sold his property in the Goawala compound as he needed to fight the 1993 explosion case and also because he was worried about what would happen to the property if he was convicted in the case.
He sold his property to Malik’s company, Solidus, which was supposed to pay him Rs 10 Lakh, but he only got half of it. Khan added: “The price of property was very high at that time.”
According to Khan, Patel had also usurped another area of the compound which he used as a wedding and party hall and was named Khushal Nagar. This was located in a part of the compound of Goawala where there were 7 buildings. Goawala owner Plumber and her mother had reached an agreement with a builder and the buildings were then sold to different parties.