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Dawood's shopping complex to be demolished tomorrow
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July 28, 2006 16:11 IST

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is all set to demolish seven illegal structures which form the Sara-Sahara shopping complex allegedly constructed by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim [Images] in downtown Mumbai on Saturday.

The demolition would be carried out after police provides security cover to civic officials, BMC officials said.

A Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court, which is seized of the matter, has approved the demolition while rejecting the plea made by one of the accused seeking a stay on the demolition of the shopping complex on the ground that the structures are vital piece of evidence and the trial is in progress.

Dawood's brother Iqbal, who was extradited from Dubai, is also facing the trial.

The complex stands on a plot of land owned by Central Public Works Department and was illegally built in connivance with municipal officials, according to police.

The Bombay High Court had earlier upheld the order of a lower court allowing demolition of complex allegedly.

The tenants of the complex filed an appeal in the Supreme Court which upheld the High Court order.

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