ED raids Baba Siddique, Congress calls it vendetta politics

Rafique Maqbool Qureshi of Pyramid Developers raided too; case pertains to alleged irregularities in redevelopment of slum Jamaat-e-Jamhooria in Bandra

Written by Khushboo Narayan | Mumbai | Updated: June 1, 2017 2:44 am

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday raided at least five places including the residence of Congress leader and former legislator Baba Siddique and that of Rafique Maqbool Qureshi of Pyramid Developers, in connection with an alleged Rs 400-crore slum rehabilitation scheme scam.
According to ED officials, the case against Siddique and Qureshi pertains to alleged irregularities in re-development of a slum Jamaat-e-Jamhooria in Bandra in suburban Mumbai, by Pyramid Developers.

The ED, which is investigating the case under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), has alleged that Pyramid Developers is a front for Siddique. “ED case against Siddique and others is based on a case registered by the Bandra police station. The police FIR has named Siddique and many others,” said a source.

In March 2014, the Bandra police registered a case against Siddique, Qureshi and 150 others for alleged irregularities in allotment of houses in the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project. The police action was initiated after a metropolitan magistrate’s court ordered a probe into the case based on a complaint filed by a resident, Abdul Salaam, in 2012.

Salaam, in his complaint, alleged that several slum dwellers had forged ration cards to secure more than one room for their families in the seven SRA buildings developed by Pyramid Developers after the demolition of the Jamaat-e-Jamhooria slum.

The Bandra police had closed its probe after it found that the allegations were unfounded. “We had registered a case in 2014 on the instructions of the metropolitan magistrate. The complainant had alleged that the accused had forged Aadhaar and ration cards of residents but our investigation found that no such forgery took place. In 2015, we submitted a report to the court and the case was closed,” said Pandit Thackeray, senior inspector, Bandra police station.

While Siddique himself remained unavailable for comment, the Maharashtra Congress called it vendetta politics.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant tweeted, “B summary was filed with respect to registered FIR against Baba Siddique and 157 people. State police finds nothing, and ED raids. Clearly vendetta politics. A pattern can be seen in which opposition is being harassed through ED or CBI. Govt trying to damage image and suppress voice of opposition. It is a tactic to divert attention from govt failures and scare opposition.”

In October 2016, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) sent a notice to the re-developed Jamaat-e-Jamhooria Co-operative Society to recover unpaid water bills of over Rs 1.5 crore for the last nine years. The residents of the society, including Salaam, have alleged that the developers have not cleared the water bills of the seven buildings in the society.


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    Manoj Bookwala
    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:27 pm
    This a Second case and find many other while he was MAHADA CHAIRMAN even he has done same with my company Avvas Corporation s: consumercomplaints /complaints/sra-scheme-c341240/page/2 on Mar 7, 2016 14 10/7/2002 Asst. Muni l Comm. H/W Ward’s letter to Harshad K.D. asking to submit the original and zerox copies of documents mentioned therein. file was closed by no reason in 2000 when Siddique was MAHADA CHAIRMAN
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      Mohammed Yunus
      Jun 1, 2017 at 12:51 pm
      Ahmed Patil usurped Rs 900 cr of defense deals and BJP government still waiting for what?. What is the relationship between Peter, Bora and Chidambaram? Why is Baba Sididkey not arrested for amassing government properties and slums of Mumbai? Why the irregularities of Gajera group of Surat not brought to justice? Why BJP is unable to punish handlers of calf slaughter of the Congress? Why is the centre not able to stop kil s of RSS workers in Kerala? How did Diggy uncle help Zakir Naik to escape from India? Zakir has over 900 videos that provoke religious hatred on . Why is the cyber police unable to bring down jihadi content of Zakir from ? Why is peace TV still beaming in India?
      1. S
        Jun 1, 2017 at 12:40 pm
        BJP is looting the nation like anything.Oil prices have reduced so much since the time BJP came to power,but still we Indians are paying what we used to under UPA when oil prices were 3 times what they are today.Just imagine how much BJP have earned! Open up your minds and think.
        1. Damodar Biswal
          Jun 1, 2017 at 11:20 am
          Congress n corruption is inseparable.Most of the UPA ministers were corrupt.When Lalu was raided some people called it vendetta politics.When junior chidambaram was raided they again named it vendetta politics.Now the same thing.
          1. I
            Jun 1, 2017 at 10:41 am
            All LOOTERS should be caught and LOOT CONFISCATED. CONgress has been LOOTING INDIANS for almost 60 years and WE INDIANS will elect Mr MODI led BJP for two more terms till 2029, for getting the FULL LOOT from all LOOTERS- Gan-dhis, Laloos, Mulayams, Mayawati, Pawars, Badals, Abdullahs, Mamata, Karunanidhis etc etc back.
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