Will Wool Be Pulled Over Indians’ Eyes Over Pulgaon Blasts Too?

Have Pakistan’s agent provocateurs dealt a body blow to India’s defence preparedness by sabotage that laid India’s largest ammunition depot waste in Western Maharashtra?

There are enough reasons to suspect enemy action.

First the facts:

A massive fire broke out in the early hours of May 31 2016 in the Central Ammunition Depot [CAD] in Pulgaon, a minor railway junction town located some 600 km from the nation’s financial capital Mumbai and some 800 km from the national headquarters, New Delhi.

The casualty count reads 20 dead, 35 missing and 15 seriously injured.

The district is called Wardha – located some 65 km by rail from the winter capital of one of India’s richest states – Maharashtra.

As expected, the military establishment has rendered a blackout in terms of information availability.

The causes for the ‘sudden fire’ that broke out around 0130 hours have not been made public, yet.

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar has demanded a full report.

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Ironically, India’s CAD in Pulgaon [1] landed an award for using solar energy for disposing expired ammunition.

The role of international terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim in this connection needs a thorough probe.

Possible leads:

Eknath Khadse, currently Revenue Minister of Maharashtra.

In this regard Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that the allegations surrounding the links of Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim need to be proved before any action is taken against him.

Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon had alleged that Khadse had received several calls from the number of Dawood’s wife, Mehjabeen Shaikh, between September 4, 2015 and April 5, 2016.

An ethical hacker from Gujarat, Manish Bhangale has alleged that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim had made phone calls to Khadse. Bhangale has approached the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI probe in the matter.

Atulchandra Kulkarni [senior Mumbai cop]

With great alacrity, Khadse was exonerated by senior Mumbai police officer Atulchandra Kulkarni.

Media reports suggested that Kulkarni had wanted to upstage his immediate boss.

Kulkarni holds the rank of Additional Director General of Police – congruent to that of Commissioner Padsalgikar.

Kulkarni has been sitting on reports pertaining to nefarious activities of the accomplices of Dawood Ibrahim in the left ventricle of Mumbai.

Rafique Malik Tejani

The charges pertain to a racketeer and 1993-serial-bomb-blast accused Rafique Malik Tejani, who heads a commercial organisation Metro Shoes [2]

Upon Kulkarni’s bidding, a copy of the serious complaints against the criminals were handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation in Mumbai and also sent to the Prime Minister.

It only resulted in a silly offer of police protection to a journalist – that was turned down with the contempt it deserved.

Kulkarni was given details of Dawood’s role in the sinking of naval submarine Sindhurakshak.

The sinking of Mumbai’s naval submarine guard-ship Sindhurakshak that had been within an area whose neighbourhood flanks are under the general control of Mumbai Port Trust.

Operative excerpts from a Wikipedia dossier:

On 14 August 2013, the Sindhurakshak sank after explosions caused by a fire on board when the submarine was berthed at Mumbai. The submarine sank and was partially submerged in 15 metres deep water at its berth, with only a portion of the sail visible above the water surface.

Sources state that a small explosion occurred around midnight which then triggered the two larger explosions.

A Board of Inquiry, set up by the navy, was expected to present a report on the cause of the disaster by mid-September 2013.

On August 22 2013, in Parliament, India’s Defence Minister A.K. Antony went on record saying he did not rule out sabotage in the sinking of Sindhurakshak, a report in Zee News said.

Defence Minister AK Antony did not rule out the sabotage angle in the Navy submarine [Sindhurakshak] accident.

Antony also told that there was no insurance for warships and submarines.

Hailing Antony, Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he appreciated the defence minister’s “honest confession that the submarine tragedy has affected our credibility”.

The submarine, with 18 naval personnel aboard, was rocked by a fire in the intervening night of August 13-14 at the naval dockyard in Mumbai. Antony had visited Mumbai on August 14 to obtain a first-hand account of the situation.

Preliminary investigations into the sinking of INS Sindhurakshak had revealed that the “near-simultaneous” explosions that preceded a fire which engulfed the submarine were caused by the possible ignition of its armaments, Antony had said earlier this week.

Sabotage is one of the six possible reasons for the sinking of kilo-class submarine INS Sindhurakshak in August 2013, a preliminary report of the board of inquiry (BoI) has held, a report in The Hindu said on April 2014.

The roles of several other persons somewhat connected to Khadse call out for a close scrutiny.

One of them is Ujwal Nikam, the celebrity lawyer who hails from the home constituency of Khadse – Jalgaon.

Ujwal Nikam

Nikam had shot to fame over the questioning of David Coleman Headley.

Some questions were raised about the efficacy of the video-conference questioning in these columns.

POINTS TO PONDER:

[1]

THE PULGAON AMMUNITION DUMP COULD NOT HAVE CAUGHT FIRE DUE TO  SHORT CIRCUIT AS MUNITIONS ARE STORED IN CONCRETE SILOS.

[2]

THE AMMO DUMP IS A STRICT NO SMOKING ZONE.

[3]

PATHANKOT TERRORIST RAID WAS ACHIEVED BY PAK WITH AN INSIDER. NONE TALKS OF THAT PROBE.

[4]

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BLASTS – PAKISTAN BEGAN PRESSING FOR FOREIGN SECRETARY LEVEL TALKS’ RESUMPTION – EVEN AS REPORTS SAID THE BLASTS DID NOT CAUSE MAJOR LOSSES OF MISSILES AND OTHER ORDNANCE MATERIALS.

[5]

DESPITE A MOUNTAIN OF EVIDENCE OF DAWOOD’S MEN OPERATING FREELY IN MUMBAI, AUTHORITIES DO NOT TOUCH THEM. THIS IS IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE OPERATIONS’ CENTRE IS LOCATED WITHIN 50 METRES OF POLICE HQ AND 1 KM OF STATE SECRETARIAT!

NOW – THE OBVIOUS DENOUEMENT

Just as the suspect enemy action of Sindhurakshak remains forgotten, the chances are that the Pulgaon blast too would be brushed under a defensive defence carpet.

India’s common masses can continue to twiddle their thumbs.

[1]

Pulgaon translates into English as Bridge-Village.

Operative excerpts from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

Though, Pulgaon falls under class-III towns in Maharashtra, the population of Pulgaon has declined during the last decade by 6.06%. This applies to the abutting Wardha and Vidarbha districts.

The populace’s disinterest in local politics, near absence of social awareness and individual rights, near-zero growth in terms of industries, lack of adequate educational facilities and finally, the presence of the CAD camp in the surrounding area has led to the migration of the local people to other places to fulfil their basic needs.

Pulgaon is ignored by the local, and state authorities.

[2]

Dawood’s Mumbai based accomplices are linked to an Rs.2, 60, 00,000 crores scandal tied to the Mumbai’s Port Trust. Top 5 newspapers of Mumbai carried a fallacious report about the building now called Metro House.

The plinth area of Metro House on whose ground floor a beer-joint Café Mondegar is located, is 1457 square metres [a little over 5000 square feet]. Upon this plot, 4 floors totally measuring some 26,000 square feet have been erected. The rough per-square-foot price in the area is Rs.1, 00,000. The calculable commercial value of the building on that basis is Rs.2 60 crores. But a mere 20 sq ft shop abutting the pavement has a value of Rs.3 crores. On that basis, the conservative commercial value is at least 1000 times more or simply, Rs.2.60 lakh crores! 

Metro House is situated within a 1 km radius of the offices of the Maharashtra state’s Director General of Police, the 26/11 Pak Terrorism victim Taj Mahal Hotel and Leopold Cafe, the biggest Jewish shrine of worship in Mumbai, besides the State Legislative Assembly and Secretariat.

Café Mondegar – a beer joint – frequented by the rich young crowd – was about to be evicted on April 19 2015, reports believed to have been planted by a media racketeer masquerading as a journalist Saumit Sinh, said.

The originally planted news item dated April 17 2015:

http://mumbaiwalla.com/cafe-mondegar-faces-eviction-after-bpt-terminates-building-lease/

The Times of India had to eat humble pie by publishing this report on April 21 2015 – because its sister publication Mumbai Mirror had published a report on April 18 2015 saying Mondegar would be evicted.

Operative excerpts from the ‘humble-pie’ report published in The Times of India on April 21 2015:

Eviction proceeding against the iconic Metro house in Colaba that houses Cafe Mondegar, did not begin on Monday [April 20 2015].

[The above paragraph implied the eviction was scheduled for April 20 2015.]

Metro House, a lease holder of the property, and other tenants had received a notice for termination of lease agreement by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) last November 2014 and respondents have reply within six months.

Indian Express dated April 18 2015 scored its own goal. Excerpts:

Cafe Mondegar, an iconic watering hole, now faces closure. The restaurant and pub is among the 23 tenants of the Metro House in Colaba which was issued a lease termination letter by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) in November last year for violation of lease norms.

The occupants of the building, including Cafe Mondegar, were given time to vacate the property, and the deadline ends on Sunday, April 19.

The eviction notice, served on November 19, 2014, says that the lessee of the building, Metro House Pvt Ltd, has flouted every possible term of the lease, including multiple instances of illegal subletting and alterations, unauthorized constructions of mezzanine floors, lofts, installation of mobile towers, besides unpaid rent, service tax and interest. The MbPT has also slapped a compensation demand of Rs. 76,16,537 (including interest, service tax) which was supposed to be paid by the tenants within one month after they received the notice.

Mumbai Port Trust chairman Ravi Parmar said, “We have served a notice terminating the lease of Metro House. After the notice period expires on April 19, we will start eviction procedure.

Operative excerpts from a report in the Daily News and Analysis dated April 23 2015 – which formed the fig-leaf cover-up:

The Metro House Pvt Ltd, which houses the famous Cafe Mondegar, has been issued an eviction notice by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT). The last day for response is slated as May 19.

Excerpts from paragraphs 7 and 8 of the notice issued by advocate Jadeja dated November 19 2014:

Under instructions from my client [Mumbai Port Trust] I call upon you to quit, vacate and hand over vacant, quiet and peaceful possession of the said plot on expiry of 6 months after the receipt of this notice by you [Metro House Private Ltd] after removal of buildings standing thereon.

After the expiry of the notice period, you will be unauthorised occupants.

Six months from November 19 2014 exactly means the so-called notice period was scheduled to end at 0001 hours, May 19 2015.

The Metro House Mystery

The building and the land on which it [Metro House] is constructed have belonged to the Board of Trustees of the Port of Bombay since 1873.

In the Small Causes Court – a matter is actually pending in a contorted manner. In one of its rulings, the Small Causes Court says:

“Admittedly, the plaintiffs [viz. Cafe Mondegar and a small roadside shop Shankar Book Stall locked in a legal dispute concerning a shop within the Metro House building] are tenants of the premises, Unit No. 2, 5 and 6 owned by Metro House Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.”

The Maharashtra Rent Control Act 1999 declares in its own text at Section 3 that its provisions do not apply to a premises owned by the government or by a local authority and the Board of Trustees of the Port of Bombay is one such local authority.

Mumbai Port Trust’s lawyer has claimed ownership of his principals on the plot of land leased to Metro House since 1995.

Relevant excerpts from the notice issued to Metro House:

 My clients … [owners of the building located on] a plot of land bearing RR No. 2100 [Old RR No. 1312] the Trustees of the Port of Bombay had granted lease by registered lease deed dated 4-4-1995 admeasuring 1457 sq. mtrs … for a period of 30 years commencing from 1.03.1991 and expiring on 28.02.2021. My clients Trustees Resolution No. 39 of 1991, the board accords [sic] its sanction for grant of fresh lease in renewal of expired lease of the above premises in your [Metro House’s] favour.”

The notice speaks of renewal of an expired lease.

A copy of a sort of circular on the letter head of Khanbahadur Haji S. Meharbakhsh 1st Wakf-alal-Aulad about Aboobaker Mansion, 23-23B-25 Shahid Bhagatsingh Road, Colaba Causeway, Bombay 400 039 – bewilder every right thinking person who knows the basics of the law.

 The date of the circular is 2nd December 1986 and the signatories to the circular are (i) Shaikh Abdul Aziz Meherbaksh; (ii) Shaikh Abdul Haq Meherbaksh; and (iii) Amjad Aziz Meherbaksh; and the circular is addressed to All Tenants.

The address of the Wakf shown on the circular is 6-8 Veer Savarkar Marg, Mehar Manzil, Mahim, Bombay 400 016 and the Managing Mutwalli of the Wakf is identified at Mohamed Abubaker S. Meharbakhsh.

Its text:

We hereby intimate to you that by an irrevocable power of Attorney executed by us today appointed, constituted and nominated MALEK SULTAN ABDUL MALIK TEJANI and SHRI RAFIQUE ABDUL MALEK TEJANI as our attorneys to hold and manage overall affairs of our immovable property known as “ABOOBAKER” Mansion situated at 23-23B and 25 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Bombay 400 039 with full powers and authority inclusive of recovering arrears and accruing rent/compensation and mesne profit from the Tenants/Occupiers of the property.

We have therefore to require you to pay the arrears and accruing future rent/compensation and mesne profit and all other charges to our said Attorneys and deal with them directly without any reference to us.

The Power of Attorney mentioned in the circular has strangely gone missing.

The lease to the Wakf had ended on 31st July 1986.

On 2nd December 1986, the Wakf and its Mutwallis had no claim of any sort on the building including any income derived from it.

In simple terms, Metro House was an illegal occupant claiming to be in possession of the building on the basis of a non-existent lease – which was renewed by the Mumbai Port Trust on 1-03-1991.

How can Mumbai Port Trust renew a NONEXISTENT lease?

The owners of Metro House are directly linked to the 1993 Mumbai bombings and the multi-thousand crore rupee Cobbler Scandal.

Metro House’s sinister sides

One of so-called subtenants of Metro House – Cafe Mondegar – reportedly was one of the sites of the 26/11 planning done by David Coleman Headley.  

The owners of Metro House destroyed the career of an honest income tax official and hounded him for 12 long years.

Rafique Malik [a.k.a. Rafik] with the family name Tejani has sinister political connections that touch the 1993 Mumbai bomb-blasts, city-based criminals linked to Dawood Ibrahim who are all in turn linked to powerful politicians – like Sharad Pawar. Excerpts from an article published by me August 12 2014:

Link:

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/08/gadkari-spying-saga-unearths-sinister.html

[By blocking my Gmail account, Google has blocked this blog and hence helped the enemies of India.]

The main heads Daya of Dawood Shoes, Rafique Tejani of Metro Shoes and Kishore Signapurkar of Milano Shoes created fictitious cooperative societies for cobblers. On behalf of these non-existing cooperative societies they availed loans of crores of rupees from different banks. The primary accused in the multi-crore shoe scam is Sohin Daya, son of former Sheriff of Mumbai.

The people involved in this racket were Saddrudin Daya, former sheriff of Mumbai and owner of Dawood Shoes, Rafique Tejani, owner of Metro Shoes, Kishore Signapurkar, proprietor of Milano Shoes, and Abu Asim Azmi, president of Samajwadi Party’s Mumbai unit and partner in Citywalk Shoes.

The Banks whose officials were involved in this scam are: Maharashtra State Finance Corporation, Citibank, Bank of Oman, Dena Bank, Development Credit Bank, Saraswat Co-operative Bank, and Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait. Evidence:

Excerpts from a Times of India report dated October 25 1996 P7 under the heading Shoe scam accused aided in the city’s1993 serial bomb blasts:

“During the arguments in the case, Public Prosecutor VT Tulpule contended that a confidential report from the Intelligence Bureau hinted that the accused persons [comprising Rafik Malik of Metro Shoes, Kishore Signapurkar of Milano Shoes, who owned shops in Karachi and Singapore] had used a portion of the money to fund the serial bomb blasts that rocked the metropolis on March 12 1993.

[Emphasis added].

Excerpts from a Times of India [Bombay Times] report dated October 30 1996 under the heading:

IT officer who raided Dawood Shoes falsely implicated. “Exactly 12 years after [income tax department assistant director] Manoj Mishra first exposed tax evasions [by Dawood and Metro Shoes] Mumbai Police has now begun unearthing the skeletons of the multi-crore fraud … known as the Cobbler Scam.”

“Justice VH Bhairavia of the Mumbai High Court …[observed in his judgement thus]: It is clear that the complainant [Sadruddin Daya] who was designated for some time as the Sheriff of Greater Bombay … has gone to the extent of creating a false case against innocent officers such as the appellant [Mishra].” “Mishra had been raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Daya had [claimed to have] handed over Rs. 2.5 lakh to the officer [Mishra].”

“Mishra had been suspended and convicted to rigorous imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of R.50,000 was imposed on him.” “The verdict came in August 1995 [12 years after his conviction]. “Mishra’s lawyers argued that over Rs.2.5 crores were due from Daya.” Among the political links being investigated is that of former Maharashtra chief minister, Sharad Pawar.

Excerpts from an Outlook India report:

Link: http://m.outlookindia.com/story.aspx/?sid=4&aid=202844

Investigations have revealed Tejani to be a director of the Rs. 500-crore Dynamix Dairy Products Private Ltd in which Pawar is believed to have a stake through the holdings of family members.

According to sources, the sole milk supplier to Dynamix, the Baramati Milk Cooperative, is controlled by Pawar. Sources hint that a good amount of the money from the shoe scam may have been diverted to Dynamix. However, the Pawar link still remains tenuous. It was at this time this time that Sushil Kumar Shinde, chief of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), floated the Chakrayu society which flouted every rule in the book.

According to the Accountant General’s report, member contribution [from cobblers] to the Rs 133-lakh Chakrayu project was just Rs 4.75 lakh. Of this, Rs 4.25 lakh was contributed by 200 members who were shown as “people of repute”.

They included Kripa Shankar, vice-president, MPCC and Ramdas Phutane, a Congress MLC, among others. In 1992, Shinde, then state finance minister, got the government to sanction Rs 44.5 lakh for the society in three instalments. In a further flouting of rules, Shinde got the Maharashtra State Finance Corporation to sanction Rs 60 lakh. The Congress involvement has given enough ammunition to the BJP and the Shiv Sena against the previous regime, although both parties cannot deny the involvement of some of their own members. Pawar and his party-men are being accused of turning a blind eye to the looting of public money. Points out Kirit Somaiya, MLA and Mumbai city President of the BJP: “The previous government cannot be absolved of the responsibility of letting such activity flourish for over 10 years.”

Maharuk Keravala, a friend of Tejani’s wife and a prime suspect in the scam, has alleged that she, along with BJP MLA Sadashiv Lokhande and others, approached Munde to help them out. Munde obliged by raising the sales tax exemption limit to Rs 50 lakh and doing away with the need for societies to get a certification from the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) … grossly violating the 1987 KVIC rules [that said] only societies located in villages were entitled to benefits from it. By doing away with the need for certification, Munde made it possible for cooperatives located in Mumbai to enjoy the benefits of KVIC subsidies.

Wikipedia suggests that Sharad Pawar has other questionable links:

In 2002–03, the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Sudhakarrao made a statement that the state leader of Indian National Congress party and erstwhile Chief Minister Sharad Pawar, had asked him to “go easy on Pappu Kalani”, a well-known criminal-turned-politician now.

Sudhakarrao also alleged that it was possible that Kalani and Hitendra Thakur, another criminal-turned-politician from Virar, had been given tickets to contest election for Maharashtra State Legislature at the behest of Sharad Pawar who also put in a word for Naik with the police when the latter was arrested for his role in post-Babri Masjid Demolition riots in Mumbai.

Sharad Pawar is also alleged to have close links with the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim through Ibrahim’s henchman Lakhan Singh based in the Middle East and close relationship with Shahid Balwa, also a suspect in the 2G spectrum scam.

These allegations were strengthened by the revelation about Balwa’s business partner, Vinod Goenka’s controversial commercial project in Yerawada, Pune, being constructed on the same survey number as Pawar’s family friend, Atul Chordia, had constructed the Panchshil Tech Park.

[BJP leader of opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly – currently the number two in Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s cabinet Eknath Ganpatrao] Khadse [had] alleged that it was Balwa who had applied for environmental clearance for the two projects, a charge that Chordia refuted.

Coincidentally, Chordia’s Panchshil Private Ltd has Pawar’s daughter, Supriya Sule, and her husband Sadanand as investors. The state government’s decision to hand over a 3-acre plot of the Yerawada police station for “re-development” to Balwa’s construction was retracted following Balwa’s arrest. Sharad Pawar was also named as a beneficiary in stamp paper scam by a convicted Indian criminal, Abdul Karim Telgi, during a narco-analysis test Wikipedia cited a link from the magazine Outlook.

Link:

http://m.outlookindia.com/story.aspx/?sid=4&aid=202844

Café Mondegar is run by the Rusi Yezdegardi clan since the 1930’s.

A member of the Yezdegardi family sought to evict a Shankar Bookstall located on its periphery since 1952 by filing a case in the Court of Small Causes at Bombay vide a suit filed under the Maharashtra Rent Control Act 1999.

The plaint cited Metro House Private Limited as the owners of the building to whom the café pay pays to a monthly rent of Rs. 14,761.65 which includes Rs. 7,909.36 earmarked for ground rent levied by the Board of the Mumbai Port Trust.

The Trial Court chose to dismiss the suit. It, however, stated in its ruling, “Admittedly, both the plaintiffs are tenant of the premises i.e., Unit No. 2, 5 and 6 owned by Metro House Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.”

Owner?

The lease to the Wakf came to be determined ipso facto on 31st July 1986.

A document produced in Court No. 14 of the Court of Small Causes at Bombay purports to be a lease executed on 4th April 1995 by the Board of Trustees of the Port of Bombay with Messrs Metro House Private Limited.

Who was in possession as the lease-owner or the de facto controller of the property between 1st August 1986 and 1st March 1991?

Who collected rent and other dues and where did that collected money go?

On two of its floors – lodging houses are being run – from where – a few Nigerian drug and weapons’ smugglers reportedly operated between India and Thailand. A few of them are in a prison in Bangkok.

Is Mumbai Port Trust, on which the so-called Metro House or Abubaker Mansion – the older name stands – a party to a drug and gun smuggling racket?

A copy of a sort of circular on the letter head of Khanbahadur Haji S. Meharbakhsh 1st Wakf-alal-Aulad about Aboobaker Mansion, 23-23B-25 Shahid Bhagatsingh Road, Colaba Causeway, Bombay 400 039 – bewilderingly foxes everyone.

The date of the circular is 2nd December 1986 and the signatories to the circular are (i) Shaikh Abdul Aziz Meherbaksh; (ii) Shaikh Abdul Haq Meherbaksh; and (iii) Amjad Aziz Meherbaksh; and the circular is addressed to All Tenants.

The address of the Wakf shown on the circular is 6-8 Veer Savarkar Marg, Mehar Manzil, Mahim, Bombay 400 016 and the Managing Mutwalli of the Wakf is identified at Mohamed Abubaker S. Meharbakhsh.

On 2nd December 1986, the Wakf and its Mutwallis had no claim of any sort on the building including any income derived from it.

How could someone ‘lease’ a government owned property without being in possession of any rights to do so?

How could the lessee claim to be the owner?

How could an autonomous body of the Government of India allow the subleasing of its real estate to someone who claims to be the recipient of a lease from a lessor who has no rights to do so without the written permission of the real owners of the property – Mumbai Port Trust?

The Board of Mumbai Port Trust is the owner of these premises since 1873.

What is the significance of the year 1991?

Some indications

A series of 13 coordinated bomb explosions carried out at the behest of international terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim shook Bombay [renamed Mumbai later] on 12 March 1993, the first of its kind resulting 257 fatalities and 717 injuries.

The bombs were planted by his henchmen Tiger and Yakub – whose second name is Memon – the sect to which Dawood himself belongs to.

On the basis of India’s Apex court ruling, the Maharashtra state government executed Yakub Memon, on 30 July 2015.

Harvard educated Metro House boss Tejani was arrested in the 1993 serial bomb-blast case as one of the persons who funded the blasts.

The prosecution opposed his bail.

Excerpts from a Times of India report dated October 25 1996 P7 under the heading Shoe scam accused aided in the city’s1993 serial bomb blasts:

“During the arguments in the case, Public Prosecutor VT Tulpule contended that a confidential report from the Intelligence Bureau hinted that the accused persons [comprising Rafik Malik of Metro Shoes, Kishore Signapurkar of Milano Shoes, who owned shops in Karachi and Singapore] had used a portion of the money to fund the serial bomb blasts that rocked the metropolis on March 12 1993.

To obtain bail, a series of forged documents were reportedly created. One of them was the deal with the Mumbai Port Trust caretaker deed signed in 1995. The deed claimed that it had granted possession to Tejani in 1991, on the basis of an existing lease signed way back in 1986!

Those who pleaded in court for Tejani’s bail told the judge thus: The accused is a respectable person in whom the Government of India has placed its trust by making him the caretaker of the Mumbai Port Trust’s high value properties – viz. a building named Abu Baker Mansion since 1991!

The man who regained his position as CM of Maharashtra after the blasts was – Sharad Pawar.

Operative excerpts from an article penned by Sanjeev Nayar in the website firstpost.com in 2015:

Prime Minister Narasimha Rao watched the situation unfold but was probably too busy warding off Pawar who wanted to become PM.

The Sunday Observer wrote this on 10 January 1993 quoting the then AICC general secretary, Janardhan Poojary said: “Some disgruntled elements within the Congress’ were fanning communal violence in order to seek removal of CM Naik”.

It was in this context that the Mumbai blasts took place in March 1993.

Rao used the blasts to send Sharad Pawar back to Maharashtra as CM – and saviour. The situation in Mumbai quickly returned to where it was prior to his departure in June1991.

The demolition of illegal structures in Mumbai and the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, and Congress infighting, played a role in making the riots worse than they should have been.

Author: haritsv

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5 thoughts on “Will Wool Be Pulled Over Indians’ Eyes Over Pulgaon Blasts Too?”

  1. There seems to be some calculation mistake. 26000×100000 = 26000000 lakhs i.e. 260crrs and not 2600000Crrs? Regards, Mohankumar K

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    1. Mohan Kumar! The price is for residential built up areas. But in the case of Metro House property, the price for a 24 sq ft shop – Shankar Book Stall in itself is Rs.3 crores as per the present prices. Now do hte calculation again. The details are in the body copy. Nevertheless, I will amend the same in the main article so that someone isn’t mistaken as you are.

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