New Delhi: The latest probe by the Enforcement Directorate revealed alleged connections between former civil aviation minister and senior NCP leader Praful Patel’s family and fugitive Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Iqbal Memon ‘Mirchi’, stated a report. Further investigation is underway in the case based on claims made by sources.

It must be noted that Mirchi had owned a plot in Mumbai’s Worli area opposite to Nehru Planetarium. According to a report, sources claimed that Mirchi later transferred his plot to Patel family-promoted company Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd. This alleged legal land deal is the focus of the ED’s probe. Upon earlier investigation, the ED had seized vital evidence in the form of e-mails, documents and other digital proofs. Notably, one of the documents showed Hazra Memon, the wife of Iqbal Mirchi, as the owner of the plot in Worli.

This development comes in the wake of two arrests by the Enforcement Directorate on Friday. The accused Haroun Aleem Yusuf and Ranjeet Singh Bindra were found to be associates of Mirchi. A case was registered against the two under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for alleged non-cooperation in the probe.

Earlier, ED had registered a criminal case of money laundering against accused Yusuf and Bindra based on an FIR filed by the Mumbai police against Iqbal Mirchi and others. Yusuf and Bindra are suspected to have played a role in changing the ownership of properties purchased by Iqbal Mirchi for usurping them illegally.

While Mirchi passed away in 2013 in London, he had three properties namely Sea View, Marium Lodge and Rabia Mansion in Mumbai’s Worli area. Mirchi had bought these properties measuring 1,537 sq metre from Mohammad Yusuf Trust in September 1986 for an amount of Rs 6.5 lakh through his company Rockside Enterprise, revealed the investigative agency’s sources. Having negotiated with Mirchi on behalf of Sunblink Real Estate Pvt. Ltd, Bindra had finalized the property deal and got brokerage of Rs 30 crore through market operators, revealed an ED probe.