13 September, 2017
British authorities have frozen properties belonging to fugitive Indian underworld don Dawood Ibrahim worth $6.7 billion, media reports said. India has been in talks with the United Kingdom authorities in this regard and had sent a related dossier in 2015.
Dawood, the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts in which 257 were killed, appears on UK's latest list of Financial Sanctions Targets.
He is recorded to have lived at: House No 37, 30th Street - Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan; Noorabad, Karachi, Pakistan (Palatial bungalow in the hilly area); and White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan address on record until a year ago - House no.29, Margalla Road, F 6/2 Street no.22, Karachi, Pakistan - is no longer part of the records.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Dawood's Midlands properties has been under scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for a long time. Dawood is the second richest criminal ever after Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. According to The Free Press Journal, the dossier contained over a dozen properties - houses, flats and hotels - spread across London and its outskirts that are allegedly owned by Dawood through his known associates.
- White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan.
In the past, the UAE government had reportedly seized Ibrahim's assets in the country worth Rs 15,000 crore.
He was implicated in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in the city and remains a priority wanted criminal for Indian authorities.
His place of birth is recorded as Kher, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, and with a recorded Indian passport, his nationality is listed as "Indian".
On August 30, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi had said Ibrahim is in Pakistan and Islamabad has been creating hurdles in getting him back to India to face the law. "Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan". But Pakistan has repeatedly denied his presence in the country.