The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday brought back from Dubai notorious gangster Farooq Takla – a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, considered a big diplomatic victory for India.
Following his arrest by the CBI officials in Dubai, Takla was formally deported to India by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
An Air India flight no. AI 996 carrying Takla and CBI officials landed in Mumbai around 5.30 am today, Reports said.
Takla is wanted in several cases, including murder, extortion and kidnapping for ransom, he has been organizing the operation of Dawood’s international crime syndicate in Dubai.
This is a huge success. He was involved in 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts the links of which can be traced back to Dubai. This is a big-blow to D-Gang: Ujjwal Nikam, Senior Advocate on Dawood Ibrahim's aide Farooq Takla pic.twitter.com/0OBgEI363S
— ANI (@ANI) March 8, 2018
He has to appear before a special TADA court here.
Takla Left India after the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai along with Dawood and his henchmen.
He is a co-accused in the Mumbai blasts case along with Dawood and some of his close aides.
Takla is charged with conspiracy in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
It is believed that a pivotal role in Takla’s deportation to India was played by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
On India’s request to Interpol, they had issued a Red Corner Notice against Takla in 1995.
”This is a huge success. He was involved in 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts the links of which can be traced back to Dubai. This is a big blow to D-Gang,” Nikam said.
‘The fact that 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 and senior criminal lawyer, said.
Takla’s arrest has tightened the noose around fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan under the benefaction of its notorious spy agency ISI.
The Government of India has also meanwhile expedited its efforts in getting Dawood Ibrahim back to India and given credible evidence to Pakistan to show that he is currently living there at a secret location.
The ARCJ is the same prison where the Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab was lodged for nearly four years till his hanging for his role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.