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Suspected Dawood associate Riyaz Bhati to move court again for bail

  NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, in his latest attacks on BJP's Devendra Fadnavis, questioned the former CM's links with Riyaz Bhati.

(News Agencies) -Riyaz Bhati, a 53-year-old resident of Versova in Mumbai and a suspected aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who has been accused in an extortion case, will soon move the court for anticipatory bail, his advocate Tarak Sayyad said. Riyaz Bhati, who claims to be a businessman, has several cases pending against him.
Bhati is an alleged gangster with suspected links to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, in his latest attacks on BJP's Devendra Fadnavis, has questioned the former CM's links with Riyaz Bhati.Bhati has been booked in multiple cases of extortion, land grabbing, cheating, forgery, and firing. He has also been arrested on multiple occasions while he tried to flee the country using fake passports in 2015 and 2020.
Bhati was also named as an accused along with former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and dismissed Assistant Inspector Sachin Vaze in an FIR registered at Goregaon police station in July. Sources said that Bhati used to collect money from bars and restaurants on behalf of Vaze and then handed it over to him. His anticipatory bail application in the case was rejected in September this year and since then, he has been on the run while police officials investigating the case have launched a manhunt to nab him.
Riyaz Bhati had approached the Bombay High Court as well for the anticipatory bail. Refusing to hear the plea, Justice PD Naik had then said, "Not before me." The anticipatory bail plea is still pending in the high court. His advocate Tarak Sayyad said that they would move another bench again after the Diwali vacation gets over.The Esplanade Magistrate's court had also issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Bhati at the time when the same was issued against Singh in the Goregaon case. "Bhati had been summoned to which he did not respond. He was not found at the known addresses and that is why we moved for a non-bailable warrant to be issued against him," said Special Public Prosecutor Shekhar Jagtap, who has been appointed by Mumbai police.
According to the extortion case, Sachin Vaze, who was then heading the Crime Intelligence Unit of the Mumbai Crime Branch had pressured two businessmen to obtain two mobile phones for a total value of Rs 2,92,000.Further, since Singh was alleged to have given a target to Vaze to generate extortion money, and as the amount was not paid up, Vaze started raiding different restaurants and bars. Vaze, through his squad, conducted a raid at a restaurant cum bar and a case was registered at Goregaon Police Station.Vaze was then allegedly given an extortion amount of Rs 2,00,000 to "close the matter". The businessmen also allegedly paid Rs 2 lakh in December 2020 to Sumit Singh, alias Chintu, who used to collect the extortion money for Vaze.
By March, Rs 4.5 lakh had been paid. Riyaz Bhati, too, allegedly used to collect the extortion money.
Judge Deepak Bhagwat, while rejecting Bhati's bail plea, had said, "At this stage, there is sufficient material against accused Bhati showing his complicity in the matter particularly the connection with accused Sachin Vaze for collecting the extortion money."
After that, Riyaz Bhati had approached the Bombay High Court.




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