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Blunket row tycoon in rift with old pal.

 Tariq Siddiqi
Tariq Siddiqi - "Mr Fixit"

Tariq Siddiqi
, the colourful figure at the centre of the shares scandal that forced David Blunkett to resign from the Cabinet for a second time,  is locked in a bitter legal dispute over a medical breakthrough he thought would make his fortune.

It has also destroyed a family friendship after Siddiqi, 59, issued a writ against the husband of his wife’s closest and oldest friend. The businessman’s spouse Lucy Siddiqi, 43, and her great pal Joanna Green have been inseparable since they attended the same prep school in West London.

They went on holiday together, always celebrated each other’s birthdays, and when Lucy gave birth to her fourth child, Cosmo, now three, Joanna looked after her other three children for a time. Now, their 34-year friendship is at an end, I am told.

"They haven’t seen or spoken to each other since their respective husbands had their huge falling out," says a mutual friend.

The bust-up is over who has the rights to a new, cheap medical test for sexually transmitted diseases. Siddiqi, who in 2005 accused Blunkett of recklessness and of "thinking he was above the law" when he failed to notify a Whitehall committee that he had joined the board of his DNA Bioscience firm, says that after talking to a scientist within his company, he devised the idea of a method of testing for 32 sexually transmitted diseases that would save people the embarrassment of visiting a clinic.

He claims his idea was effectively stolen from him by Joanna’s husband, fashion executive Simon Green, whom he is suing, together with colleagues of Green’s.

"I was well and truly shattered"  he says. "Neither my wife nor myself has spoken to them since 2007. ‘He isn’t the only person involved. There are several others, including the scientist and an accountant. But it is his involvement that hurts the most."

Green, meanwhile, has filed a defence to the writ, insisting the concept was conceived and developed by him and the scientist, not Siddiqi.  "It will come to the High Court in March unless they settle beforehand," adds Siddiqi. "We reckon damages will be 10-40 million."

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Blunkett could lose 15,000 as DNA company faces insolvency

David Blunkett - lost 15,000 by investing in Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi.
David Blunkett invested 15,000 in Tariq
and Lucy Siddiqi and lost every penny!

David Blunkett's 15,000 stake in a DNA testing firm, which led to his downfall from the Cabinet, appeared to be worth little last night after the company called in insolvency practitioners. DNA Bioscience is majority-owned by Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi.

Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi
Lucy and Tariq Siddiqi

DNA Bioscience provided paternity testing. Its inquiry line for prospective and existing clients had a permanently engaged tone yesterday. Mr Siddiqi's previous firm - Berkeley Square Chauffeur Services - also went into liquidation, owing 92 creditors.

Copyright: The Daily Telegraph


Phone-hacking trial hears Blunkett voicemails to former girlfriend of Tariq Siddiqi.

The former Home Secretary David Blunkett left voicemails on a female friend's phone, in which he described the media as "hyenas". Sally Anderson had been introduced to him by the socialite Tariq Siddiqi.  In the messages Blunkett was heard telling her that she "must rue the day" Tariq Siddiqi introduced them. 

"Someone very close has done a really phenomenal piece of work on destroying both our lives at this moment in time and it's vile. Whoever it is, I hope they rot in hell".  At one point a male voice was heard in the background of the recording saying: "Just tell him you love him - and that's 25,000, thank you."

In another message played to the jury on Monday, Blunkett said: "I don't know who has done this, but they are real bastards, they've done it for money and they've done it for themselves. The world stinks."

He told Anderson on the voicemail "I do think that someone has done a pretty good stitch-up job, chapter and verse, times, places, everything. That's pretty sophisticated to say the least."

Copyright: The Guardian

Blunkett’s aide Tariq Siddiqi
accused of cheating former associates.

Tariq Siddiqi - London 2012
Tariq Siddiqi took 92 creditors for a ride.

LONDON: The entrepreneur who arranged the meeting that led to David Blunkett’s affair with a 29-year-old estate agent was accused of cheating his former associates in a failed business venture.

Tariq Siddiqi was confronted by angry creditors when his Mayfair-based Berkeley Square Chauffeur Services collapsed and one creditor took a dossier of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yard’s Fraud Squad.

Car firm proprietor Terry Martin accused Siddiqi over a lucrative contract to provide chauffeur service to a wealthy client. Police decided against a criminal investigation but Martin told the Standard: “I was duped - and he still owes me money.”

Siddiqi's now-defunct car business was based near Annabel’s nightclub and provided highly experienced chauffeurs in Rolls Royce, Daimler and Mercedes cars. His clientele included celebrities and business figures and Siddiqi employed small chauffeur companies as sub-contractors. These firms claim that Siddiqi pocketed money that was theirs.

"He’s a conman,” said Terry Martin of the TM Chauffeur Group.
“He gave me a dud cheque for nearly 5,000, but we later discovered that his bank account had been closed for months when he wrote it.”  Martin was one of several independent drivers and car providers who said they had been duped by Siddiqi into doing work for which they were never paid. One, who asked not to be identified, said: “I don’t think he ever intended to pay me.”

Tariq Siddiqi Rubber Cheque

Tariq Siddiqi wrote out this rubber cheque
6 months after he had closed his bank account.

At one point, Martin and other chauffeur firm proprietors who claimed Siddiqi owed them money besieged his Holland Park house. Martin said: “His wife Lucy came to the bedroom window and said we would get our money. But we never got a penny.”

Lucy Siddiqi
Lucy Siddiqi

Martin, who was owed just under 10,000, joined a 92-name list of creditors. One, Prestige Carriages of north London, was owed 88,393. A spokesman for the firm said: “We had a relationship with him for a while, but in the end we didn’t get paid.”

Mr Martin (who is disabled) believed he had been defrauded and took a dossier containing details of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yard. He had a discussion with the fraud squad and detectives took up his complaint with the liquidator of Siddiqi’s company. After enquiries, the police decided not to proceed with a criminal investigation.

Mr Martin said "we were all told to arrive at the creditors' meeting for 10am, but when we got there we learnt that the liquidator and Siddiqi had held the creditors' meeting at 9.30am and so no one could raise any questions.
I can’t believe David Blunkett would have got involved with a man like Siddiqi. Surely his advisers could have steered him clear of someone like that? He's cheated me out of 10,000 and the stress of it all is just too much to bear for both myself and my wife. ” 

Copyright: London Evening Standard

Arrows head gets nine years for fraud

The older brother of socialite Tariq Siddiqi was yesterday sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of seven charges of fraudulent trading, obtaining property and services by deception and making false statements to obtain bank facilities. Muhammed Naviede was the former head of the collapsed trade finance company Arrows. Mr Siddiqi had no comment to make following the verdict.

Tariq Siddiqi Arriving at the Old Bailey
Tariq Siddiqi arriving at the Old Bailey.

After a six-month trial at the Old Bailey, the jury yesterday decided unanimously that Mr Naviede was guilty of seven of the eight charges put before them. Judge Richard Hawkins QC, who described Mr Naviede as a highly intelligent man who had been "very crafty" in the way he had carried out his offences.

The sentence is one of the longest ever awarded after a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office, which began its investigations into the affair in July 1990, in conjunction with the City of London Police. When Arrows collapsed in July 1991, more than  100 million was left owing to more than 20 banks and other creditors.

Richard Latham QC, prosecuting for the Serious Fraud Office, said:

"He was mixing with the rich and famous, convincing them that he was not just one of them but among the most successful . . . he was a man who lived an opulent lifestyle - grand house, private jet . . . as it turned out financed with other people's money."

Copyright: The Independent

The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust

Pervaiz Naviede - Director of LPC1 Ltd and brother of Tariq Siddiqi
Pervaiz Naviede - brother of Tariq Siddiqi

The younger brother of socialite Tariq Siddiqi,  Manchester-based Pervaiz Naviede, established a family trust in Guernsey called The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust which trade titles have suggested is worth 100 million. The source of the family's money is believed to have come from selling curries in Manchester and various property deals involving the resale of former council blocks. He is a director of Legendary Property Company (LPC1 Ltd) and LPC Living. LPC Living and Salford City Council signed the Ordsall Development Framework, a regeneration scheme.

It was suggested recently at a party that 100 million seemed to represent "a lot of curries", but he wryly observed:"not for Manchester."

Among the entrepreneur's non-property investments was a majority stake in genetic testing company DNA BioScience, run by his brother Tariq Siddiqi and his wife Lucy Siddiqi, before it went into liquidation.

Pervaiz Naviede is the brother of Mohammed Naviede (the eldest brother in the Siddiqi family who was convicted of stealing 100 million from banks on 7th July 1995) and the London-based socialite Tariq Siddiqi.

In 2010 Mohammed Naviede was sued for the return of a deposit placed by a buyer who had agreed to purchase his flat at 7 Chester Terrace, Regents Park, NW1.[Case] Naviede lost the case and had to give back the deposit. The case against him for bank fraud is here

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Muhammad Naviede - brother of Pervaiz Naviede and Tariq Siddiqi

Mohammed Maximilian Naviede
Bank Fraudster sentenced to nine years in prison


Pervaiz Naviede - brother of fraudster Muhammad Naviede

Pervaiz Naviede - Director of LPC Living Ltd
brother of bank fraudster Mohammed Naviede and Tariq Siddiqi

Tariq Siddiqi at Grouchos Backgammon Club Soho

Tariq Siddiqi runs a Backgammon Club at Grouchos Club in Soho
Brother of bank fraudster Mohammed Naviede and Pervaiz Naviede


A Government race adviser with close links to Cherie Blair is at the centre of a major investigation into an alleged illegal immigrant racket.


Nighat Awan with Cherie Blair
Nighat Awan - sister of Tariq Siddiqi

The sister of socialite Tariq Siddiqi has had her home raided by the Police and Immigration Service. Officers stormed the 3.5million home of Nighat Awan as part of a nationwide investigation into illegal immigration. A total of 70 men were arrested in the raids who were all employed in Mrs Awan's restuarants.

Mrs Awan, 51, spoke to police while they carried out a search of her home.

Officers wearing yellow high-visibility jackets and protective headgear arrived in nine vehicles at the Awans' sprawling mansion on Friday evening. At the same time, restaurants and premises linked to Mrs Awan - dubbed the "Curry Queen' - were also raided in Liverpool, Manchester, Cheshire, Sheffield and Kent. Officials from the Department of Work and Pensions were also involved.

A neighbour said:
"It happened at around 5pm. Suddenly the police arrived in six cars with three vans. Soon Mrs Awan's home was filled with police and plain-clothes officials. You could see them through the upstairs windows and in the hallway. Very soon after that family members started arriving in expensive cars, one a Bentley. One was very agitated, waving his arms in the air. These are very wealthy people and this is a very quiet road - nothing like this ever happens here."

Shere Khan was set up by Mrs Awan's husband in Manchester's famous curry mile on Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, in 1987. They now operate ten restaurants. One diner at their branch at Manchester's Trafford Centre, where 13 men were arrested, said:
"Police arrived in dozens around 5pm and shut the place down despite people eating in there. They were wearing gloves and searching the whole place.

Detective Superintendent Steve Moore, of Merseyside police, said the raids followed "a lengthy investigation into abuse of the immigration system", including allegations of facilitating illegal immigration.

The Awans live in a Cheshire mansion based on the White House, including a palatial lounge modelled on the US President's Oval office. Its lobby is dominated by two staircases leading off to its five bedrooms, and the property also has an all-marble bathroom with plasma TV sets above the bath. In 2004, Mrs Blair was a guest of honour at a lavish garden party thrown by the curry entrepreneur and her brothers Tariq Siddiqi and Pervaiz Naviede.

Mrs Awan was born in Manchester after her parents moved there from Pakistan. Her father, Mohammed Siddiqi, made a fortune in the rag trade but went bust, leaving a trail of creditors who were so angry that several members of the family changed their surname from Siddiqi to Naviede to avoid repercussions.

Shere Khan has recently been hit by by a series of health and safety prosecutions. In December the Rusholme restaurant was fined 40,000 after a diner found a live cockroach nestling in the poppadoms. The court heard that live insects were found on sacks of rice and crawling across the floor, while the floor was covered in a "soup of grease, dirt and food debris", equipment was dirty, a plate rack was rusted and chopping boards were covered with old food and blood.

Tariq Siddiqi said he had not heard of the raids until contacted by this newspaper. "Thanks for the shock. I have no comment to make," he said.

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Tariq Siddiqi

Contact: Mr Tariq Siddiqi Esq., 27, Chadwick Place, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 5RE
Tel: 0208 224 8484 Mobile 07831 391391

Email: Tariq@Siddiqi.co.uk | Lucy@Siddiqi.co.uk

Tariq Siddiqi, Nighat Awan, Muhammad Naviede and Pervaiz Naviede
Tariq Siddiqi, Nighat Awan, Mohammed Naviede (bank fraudster) and Pervaiz Naviede