The CBI has registered a fresh case against don Dawood Ibrahim’s aide and 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts accused Mohammed Farooq Yasin Mansoor alias Farooq Takla for allegedly getting two passports issued from the Consulate General of India in the United Arab Emirates through fraudulent means.
The case has been registered under Sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code, besides Section 12(1)(b) of the Passports Act (knowingly furnishing false information or suppressing material information to obtain a passport).
Hiding in Dubai
The 58-year-old fugitive was arrested by the CBI on March 8 after he arrived on a fraudulently obtained passport in the name of Mustaq Mohammed Miya, the pseudonym under which he had been hiding in Dubai. The Indian government had sought his extradition on August 22 last year. In February 2011, Takla had initially got the first passport issued in the name of Mustaq Mohammed Miya. It expired after one year. Later, he got another passport issued purportedly from the Consulate General of India in the UAE in the same name and this time, the travel document was valid till February 2021.
Based on the findings, according to an agency source, the CBI registered the case against Takla. He faces charges of being an active conspirator and perpetrator along with Dawood, his brother Anis Kaskar, and others in the Mumbai blasts case.
He was declared a proclaimed offender in June 1995 and an Interpol Red Corner Notice was issued against him.
According to the CBI, Takla extended logistical support to the Dawood gang members when they went to Pakistan for training in the handling of weapons and explosives and returned to carry out the terror attack. He worked as a “hawala” operator in Dubai.
Dawood had moved to Dubai along with his brother Anees and other family members and then shifted base to Pakistan due to the diplomatic pressure mounted by India.
However, Takla stayed in Dubai and managed the gang’s finances, it is alleged.