MUMBAI: The Enforcement Directorate raided over 14 premises linked to DHFL (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd) and its promoters as part of a probe into a money laundering case involving druglord Iqbal Mirchi on Saturday.
The agency was questioning company chairman Kapil Wadhawan at the ED’s office in south Mumbai till late in the night. Wadhawan’s brother Dheeraj, also known as Baba Dewan, who is a non-executive director, was admitted to a hospital and was unavailable for his statement, said ED sources.
The ED is also probing senior NCP leader Praful Patel’s alleged deal with the family of the druglord, who died in London in 2013. Millennium Developers, promoted by Patel’s family, had constructed a 15-storey building, Ceejay House, on a prime plot, a part of which Mirchi owned, in Worli. Two floors in the building were handed over to Mirchi’s wife Hajra.
In raids that were continuing till late in the night, ED officials formed different teams and targeted offices and residences of DHFL promoters and firms associated with them. Officials claimed to have collected documents and digital records and are examining them.
It is stated that DHFL had granted Rs 2,186 crore in loans to Sunblink Real Estate company in Mumbai based on documents pertaining to a plot at Worli that originally belonged to Mirchi, a Dawood aide. DHFL didn’t examine the documents and other details before granting the loan. It is alleged that money was diverted to fictitious accounts and siphoned off through illegal transfer to Dubai.