Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik has claimed that former CM Devendra Fadnavis has links with gangster Dawood Ibrahim's aide and that he shielded a fake note racket during his tenure.
Refuting Fadnavis' charge that he bought land parcels from the people linked with the underworld, Malik said, "I am fighting against a man who is framing innocent people in fake cases. Devendra Fadnavis is not only diverting my issue but also trying to defend one officer (Sameer Wankhede)."
"One Riyaz Bhati, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested at Mumbai airport with a fake passport. He was allowed bail in 2 days only. Why was Riyaz Bhati in close contact with you (Devendra Fadnavis)?. Bhati has been seen with many big leaders in pictures," Malik told reporters in Mumbai.
He also said that Nagpur's notorious criminal Munna Yadav was appointed chairman of 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," he charged.
Malik had on Tuesday said that he will drop a “hydrogen bomb”, exposing the "underworld links" of the BJP leader. The NCP leader said he did not buy any property from anyone who is linked to the underworld or is a convict in a bomb blast case. He said by trying to link him with the underworld and bomb blast convicts, Fadnavis is maligning his image.
Fadnavis had alleged that a company of Nawab Malik and his family members had purchased land in suburban Kurla at a very cheap rate through fictitious documents from two convicts of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. He claimed that Malik and his family members had entered into land deals with people associated with the underworld.