Mumbai, October 26, 2019: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will soon summon actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra for questioning in connection with the dealings of properties of Iqbal Mirchi, close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
According to the ED, there were commercial deals between Ranjit Singh Bindra and Kundra, who were instrumental in bargaining Mirchi’s assets. Bindra has been arrested in connection with the deal for Mirchi’s assets worth approximately Rs 225 crore.
A senior ED official said information has been received about the deal between Bindra’s real estate company RKW Developers Private Limited and Essential Hospitality Limited. Shilpa Shetty is the director of Essential Hospitality.
According to the official, Bindra’s company had invested Rs 44.11 crore in Shilpa Shetty’s company and had given interest-free loans of Rs 31.54 crore. Shilpa’s company also had a loan of Rs 30.45 crore between April 2017 to March 2018 and Rs 117.17 crore between April 2016 and March 2017. Raj Kundra will be questioned about these deals.
The Mumbai team of the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday arrested a person named Humayun Merchant in the case related to underworld don Iqbal Mirchi. A money laundering case against Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Iqbal Mirchi was also raided in a dozen premises of DHFL and other linked companies on Saturday. The financial deal was struck between the promoter company of the notorious late Iqbal Mirchi and Praful Patel’s family in the name of Mirchi.
Earlier on October 23, Kundra tweeted, “no court or any cases were registered against Mr Bindra when we entered the partnership. The management has taken a decision 2 remove Mr Bindra as director till such time his name is cleared.”
He further tweeted, “In 2011 I sold a plot that I owned near the airport including the company to RKW developers. Everything is documented & verified by my CA.This is the be all and end all of the deal. Any loans given to the company in question was after we sold the company to the new owner. We sold a zero debt company! We have never taken a single loan it was taken by the new owners of the company!”