ED asks court to declare Iqbal Mirchi’s family as fugitive economic offenders

Published: Dec 4, 2020, 5:44 pm IST

Mumbai : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday filed an application before a Mumbai Court to declare slain underworld don Iqbal Mirchi’s family members as “fugitive” economic offenders in connection with its probe into a money laundering case.

An ED official said that the agency has filed an application with the court here under section 4 read with section 12 of the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 (FEOA) before the Special PMLA Court in the Iqbal Mirchi case.

The official said that the ED has asked the court to declare Mirchi’s wife Hajra Memon and his sons Junaid Iqbal Memon and Asif Iqbal Memon as fugitive economic offenders.

The official said that in its application to the court the financial probe agency has made a prayer to order for confiscation of their assets as envisaged under FEOA.

He said that in the first phase, a prayer has been made for confiscation of 15 Indian properties including the third and fourth floor of Ceejay House having a market value Rs 96 crore and six bank accounts having a balance of Rs 1.9 crore.

He said that a prayer has also been made for allowing the ED to file supplementary applications under FEOA.

The ED till date has attached properties to the tune of Rs 798 crore in India and abroad under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

On the basis of the charge sheet filed by the ED before the Special PMLA Court, open ended non bailable warrants have been issued against Asif Memon, Junaid Memon and Hajra Memon.

“Till now, all three of them have been evading their presence before the Special Court and the NBWs remain unexecuted,” the official said.