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Unfair to deny passport for being Dawood’s brother: Kaskar

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar,who was acquitted in the infamous Sara-Sahara shopping complex case two years ago...

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar,who was acquitted in the infamous Sara-Sahara shopping complex case two years ago,is now fighting another legal battle at the Bombay High Court — this time to get a regular passport to go on the Haj in Saudi Arabia.

In a criminal writ petition filed by Kaskar before the High Court on Wednesday,he pleaded: “On or before November 23,I am slated to leave for the pilgrimage and the regional passport office has rejected my passport applications based on an adverse police report.” However,citing the acquittal orders of the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court and a metropolitan court,Kaskar said that “he does not mind imposing of any condition on him but allow the passport”.

The petition is likely to come up for hearing before the Division Bench of Justice J N Patel and Justice Amjad Sayyed later this week. The petition also said that “his plea for a regular passport was rejected by the authorities only on the basis of the adverse remark made by the police that ‘he is the brother of Dawood Ibrahim’,which is unfair”.

Kaskar was deported to India from Dubai in 2003 and was shown arrested in a case registered at the MRA Marg police station. He was subsequently arrested by the crime branch and slapped with charges under MCOCA. He was accused of conspiring and threatening tenants,forcibly taking over the plot near Manish Market and funding the construction of a shopping mall on the alleged orders of his elder brother Dawood Ibrahim. He was acquitted in 2007.

In October,he applied for a regular passport,and on November 13,the passport office rejected his application. Kaskar then appealed against the rejection order to the Ministry of External Affair,but is still to get a reply.

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