Mumbai: Following his promise that he would drop a ‘hydrogen bomb’ exposing Devendra Fadnavis’s alleged underworld ties, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said that the former Maharashtra Chief Minister had links with Riyaz Bhati, an aid of don Dawood Ibrahim.
Addressing a press conference, Nawab 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.
“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.
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.
Nawab Malik’s charges come a day after Devendra Fadnavis alleged that a company of the NCP leader Devendra 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.