Police in Mumbai said on Thursday that Farooq Takia (real name Yasin Mansoor Mohamed Farooq), a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim had been deported from Dubai. Takla, a key accused of 1993 Mumbai blasts, was brought to Mumbai on Thursday morning. He is likely to be produced before the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court later today.
Reacting to the development, Majeed Memon, senior criminal lawyer and NCP leader told ANI, “Fact he has returned, shows he has expressed his willingness to come back for trial. He’ll certainly be remanded to custody, there’s no question of bail being granted to him. Till next development he’ll be in jail.”
Fact he has returned, shows he has expressed his willingness to come back for trial. He’ll certainly be remanded to custody, there’s no question of bail being granted to him. Till next development he’ll be in jail: Majeed Memon, NCP leader & senior criminal lawyer on Farooq Takla pic.twitter.com/u9Xv9VphUF
— ANI (@ANI) March 8, 2018
Takia, who’s currently being grilled at the CBI office in Mumbai, is accused of criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means and several other charges.
Dawood is currently believed to be living in Pakistan’s Karachi city. Takia’s deportation is seen as a huge blow to the underworld don, who has been on India’s most wanted list for more several years.
The Mumbai blasts in 1993 had killed more than 250 people while leaving nearly 800 injured. Several close aides of Dawood including Yakub Memon and Abu Salem have already been convicted and punished in the case. Yakum Memon was hanged in 2015.
Questions were raised over whether it was right to hang Yakub, who had voluntarily chosen to return to India. A Supreme Court Deputy Registrar had resigned while attacking the judgment paving the way for the hanging of 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Memon.