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Three properties of Underworld Don, Dawood Ibrahim, sold to SBUT

14 November 2017, 08:32 | Opal Carroll

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Three properties belonging to fugitive underworld don and terrorist Dawood Ibrahim were auctioned on Tuesday for approximately Rs 11.06 crore. The auction was held by a private firm at Indian Merchant Chamber in Churchgate today.

The auction was conducted by the Ministry of Finance under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act, 1976.

"All the three properties fall within the ambit of Bhendi Bazaar redevelopment that is being carried out by us".

The Hotel Raunaq Afroz was estimated at a bid of Rs 4.53 crore while the Guest House Shabnam went up for Rs 3.52 crore and the rooms in Damarwala building were bought for Rs 3.54 crore.

Three properties located in Bhendi Bazaar have caught the interest of the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) that is redeveloping Bhendi Bazaar.

The three properties, which are described as decrepit and unfit for living, would be refurbished, said the Saifee Trust in a statement.

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After the gangster fled India, his properties were seized under SAFEMA.

The Reserve price kept for present auction is Rs 1 crore 23 lakh, 43 thousand. The six flats in Damarwala building were home to Dawood Ibrahim and his family members in the late eighties.

Swami Chakrapani of Hindu Mahasabha who wanted to buy Hotel Rounak Afroz could not participate in the auction as the demand draft, issued by his association as the earnest money to participate in the auction, couldn't be honoured in stipulated time. The Reserve price kept for the property was Rs 1,55,76,000.

Sources said that the properties are liksely to be auctioned through three methods - the sealed tender, public auction and e-auction.

Balakrishnan had also claimed that he received a threat asking him to withdraw from the auction.



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