The Enforcement Directorate, investigating property deals and proceeds of crimes related to late drug trafficker and Dawood Ibrahim aide Iqbal Mirchi, has arrested a fourth person involved in laundering and facilitating deals of three such properties.
The latest arrest is of one Rinku Deshpande who had helped the earlier arrested accused Ranjeet Singh Bindra in receiving funds of around Rs 25-30 crores posing as a tenant and a fake confirming party for the deal of three Worli-based properties of Mirchi.
The primary remand report of the ED stated: “During the course of the investigation, ED officials found that for the deal between Iqbal Mirchi, Humayun Merchant and Sunblink Real Estate for sale of the three properties Ranjit Singh Bindra was to receive Rs 50 crores as brokerage. To receive the funds through market operators, Bindra roped in Rinku Deshpande who posed as a fake confirming party and representative of the tenants.”
“Deshpande then received around Rs 25-30 crores in her accounts through market operators from Sunblink on behalf of another accused Bindra. Her statement was recorded on September 30 and she admitted to her role and acceptance of Rs 25-30 crores from Sunblink. She deposed that Bindra had told her that he had brokered a land deal for Dheeraj Dewan of Sunblink real estate against which he was to receive Rs 40-50 crores in two transactions,” read the remand report.
ED sources said that she submitted that the said amount of Rs 25-30 crores was part of the same deal and the said fact has been corroborated by bank statements of Deshpande.
Deshpande will be produced in court on Wednesday. This is the second arrest by ED in a day, earlier in the day, Mirchi’s close aide and childhood friend who acted as a front for Mirchi, Humayun Merchant was arrested and produced in the court. Merchant has been remanded to the ED custody till October 24.