Court curbs on seizure of Dawood kin’s homes (Lead)

August 16th, 2011 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday told the central government not to take any action till Sep 6 on forfeiture of properties of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s mother Amina Bi and his sister Hasina Ibrahim Parker.

In all, there are seven residential properties owned by them in Mumbai. Of these, two are in the name of the don’s mother and five belong to his sister. The homes are worth crores of rupees and the government believes these were acquired with Dawood’s ill-gotten wealth.

The division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said the government should not take any action on its confiscation order till Sep 6, the next date of hearing.

A single-judge bench of the court July 15 rejected the joint plea of Dawood’s mother and sister against the confiscation order.

The two later approached the division bench of the court seeking a stay on the July 15 order.

The division bench refused to stay the single-judge bench order, upholding the government’s decision to confiscate the properties.

Parker’s counsel Bahar-U Burqui said the single-judge bench had wrongly upheld the government’s order.

Government counsel Jatan Singh countered Burqui’s claim.

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