The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has given a clean chit to BJP leader and former Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse in connection with the charge that he exchange phone calls with fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, according to media reports.
The Maharashtra ATS may even file a case against ‘whistleblower’ Manish Bangale, who had alleged that the BJP leader made phone calls to India’s most wanted terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim, in Pakistan, the report said.
Khadse had refuted the allegation saying that the mobile number referring was not operational for the past one year. “The cellular company IDEA has given in writing that no international call has been made or received from the number in question,” Khadse added.
On June 4, Revenue Minister and BJP leader Eknath Khadse, the de facto No.2 in the state government, quits after getting embroiled in multiple controversies, including graft allegations in a questionable land deal and alleged links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Khadse defended himself saying he had “committed no wrong” nor “misused his official position”. He said he was a victim of “trial by the media” in the past few weeks.
“I have done nothing wrong…when the allegations were made against me, I asked them (those levelling the charges) to provide evidence, which they did not give. I request the chief minister to conduct a thorough probe into the allegations and those making them,” Khadse had said.