Mumbai: Fulfilling his promise of dropping a “hydrogen bomb”, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik allegedly exposed Devendra Fadnavis for his alleged ties with underworld, stating that the former state Chief Minister had links with Riyaz Bhati, an aide of don Dawood Ibrahim.
Addressing a media press conference, Mr Malik said, “Who is Riyaz Bhati? He was caught with a fake passport and is linked to Dawood. He was let off in two days. He was seen at functions with you and even at BJP events.”
“We don’t want to bring the Prime Minister into this. But, this Riyaz Bhati had access to the PM’s function and also clicked photos with him. Underworld dons from other countries called police officers appointed by Devendra Fadnavis in Thane and the matter was settled,” Nawab Malik further said.
Nawab Malik also accused Devendra Fadnavis of criminalising politics.
“Nagpur’s notorious criminal Munna Yadav was appointed chairman of the Construction Workers’ Board by Devendra Fadnavis during his government. One Haidar Azam, involved in illegal immigration of Bangladeshis, was appointed chairman of Maulana Azad Finance Corporation by Fadnavis,” Nawab Malik said.
The NCP leader also claimed that Devendra Fadnavis protected fake currency rackets in the state following demonetisation in 2016 with help from Sameer Wankhede, who was then with DRI.
“On November 8, 2016, when demonetisation was announced, a lot of fake currency was seized from different parts of the country. For one year after that, there was no case of fake currency in Maharashtra as it was running with the blessings of Fadnavis. On October 8, 2017, the DRI seized Rs 14.56 crore of fake currency in BKC Mumbai. But the matter was brushed under the carpet by Fadnavis,” Nawab Malik said.
Sameer Wankhede, the NCB’s Mumbai zonal director, was supervising the alleged drug bust case involving Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan before being removed. Malik has levelled a string of allegations against Wankhede.
“These notes come from Pakistan. Bail was granted immediately. The matter wasn’t handed over to NIA. It was shown that the person was linked to Congress. The person who was arrested was the younger brother of Haji Arafat Shaikh, who was made Minority Commission chairman by Fadnavis,” the NCP leader said.
Nawab Malik’s charges come a day after Devendra Fadnavis alleged that a company of the NCP leader and his family members purchased land in suburban Kurla at a very cheap rate through fictitious documents from two convicts of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.