Dawood Ibrahim's Close Aide Farooq Takla Arrested By CBI In Dubai, Brought Back To India

| March 8 , 2018 , 10:08 IST

In a significant victory for India, notorious gangster Farooq Takla, who is a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Dubai and brought back to Mumbai on Thursday morning.  

According to reports, Takla had been managing the operation of Dawood's multi-continental crime syndicate in Dubai, and was officially deported to India by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)  authorities after his arrest. Takla is to be produced before a special TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities) court in Mumbai.

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Takla is co-accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case along with Dawood and his other aides, and faces conspiracy charges. He is also wanted in several other cases such as murder, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. He fled India soon after the 1993 Mumbai blasts, along with Dawood and others. Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice against Takla in 1995 at India's request.

The arrest and extradition of Takla is believed to have taken place with the efforts of National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, and may possibly help India's chances in bringing back Dawood Ibrahim, the main accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

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Dawood Ibrahim is said to be located in Pakistan currently, however the Pakistani authorities have not cooperated in discussing his extradition to India. Certain reports suggest that Dawood is hiding under the patronage of Pakistan's spy agency the ISI.

Meanwhile, well-known criminal lawyer Shyam Keswani, representing Dawood's brother Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar in an extortion case, said on Wednesday that Dawood was "keen to return to India" but his preconditions were not acceptable to the Indian government.

"He had also conveyed his intentions through (former union minister and eminent lawyer) Ram Jethmalani a few years ago but the Indian government has not entertained any of his preconditions to return," Keswani said.