Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday arrested a close aide of gangster Iqbal Mirchi, Humayun Merchant and seized his property in connection with an alleged land deal case. His arrest is in connection with the controversial properties owned by deceased D-Company gangster Iqbal Mirchi.

The investigation agency has identified over 25 properties linked to Iqbal Mirchi in London and UAE. The investigating agency had earlier questioned former union minister and senior NCP leader Praful Patel in alleged connection with the case.

The ED has identified the Benami assets of Mirchi, who was declared as one of the 10 foreign drug kingpins by the US. Investigation revealed that Iqbal Mirchi had amassed various properties in India, UAE, and the UK from the proceeds of crime.

The agency has already arrested Mirchi's associates, Haroun Yousuf and Ranjit Singh Bindra under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. They were remanded for five days to judicial custody on October 12. 

(With ANI inputs)