Indira Gandhi used to meet Karim Lala in Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

While speaking at an award function of a media group, Raut said that he has seen the underworld in Mumbai when gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel and Sharad Shetty used to have control over the city.


Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi used to meet infamous mafia don Karim Lala in Mumbai. 

While speaking at an award function of a media group, Raut said that he has seen the underworld in Mumbai when gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel and Sharad Shetty used to have control over the city.

...they used to decide who will be the police commissioner or will sit in Mantralaya. When Haji Mastan used to come to the secretariate everyone would meet him. Indira Gandhi used to come to meet Karim Lala in Pydhonie,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.

Raut, editor of ‘Saamana’ newspaper, further said that those were the days of the underworld but now there’s nothing like this.

From the 1960s to 1980s, Karim Lala used to operate extortion rackets and liquor dens along with gambling. Lala died in 2002. 

While addressing the gathering, Raut also stated that he had reproached infamous underworld don Dawood Ibrahmin who is a key accused in the 1993 serial blasts case in Mumbai.

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