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Updated on: Friday, January 07, 2022, 02:40 PM IST

FPJ Legal: Bombay HC quashes proclamation against Riyaz Bhati in extortion case involving Param Bir Singh

Riyaz Bhati  | PTI

Riyaz Bhati | PTI

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The Bombay High Court has quashed a proclamation issued against Riyaz Bhati, an alleged middleman, who was declared absconder along with former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh in an alleged extortion case

A complaint was lodged against them at Goregaon police station.

Who is Riyaz Bhati?

Bhati is allegedly a henchman of absconder mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.

He has been nabbed on two occasions, earlier -- October 2015 and February 2020 -- in fake passport cases. His name has also cropped in land-grab cases with Mafiosi Chhota Shakeel and he also has a Lookout Circular issued against him.

In 2020, he was detained at Mumbai international airport Monday evening while allegedly trying to escape to United Arab Emirates (UAE), while violating bail conditions.

An extortion case was registered against him in October 2019 but was later released on bail. However, the conditions laid down by the court prohibited him from leaving the country.

In October 2015, he was arrested at Mumbai airport while attempting to flee to South Africa using a fake passport. It was found that he had two passports with different names—one in the name of Riyaz Bhati and another with the name 'Phoolchand Bhati'.

More recently, in October this year, he was named in an FIR against former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh in an extortion case. Police alleged that Bhati used to collect money from bar and restaurant owners and send it to suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze. The police said that Bhati filed an anticipatory bail application in September this year which was rejected by the sessions court.

This is not the first time Malik raised questions about Bhati's links with the BJP. Earlier in 2019, Malik alleged that Bhati was actively working for the BJP during the 2014 General elections and the Maharashtra Assembly elections. “He (Riyaz Bhati) was a member of BJP working committee and he was a part of the Mumbai unit of BJP during the State and General elections in 2014,” Malik said.

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Published on: Friday, January 07, 2022, 02:36 PM IST
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