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Devendra Fadnavis responsible for 'criminalisation of politics' in state; had links with Dawood's aide, says Nawab Malik

11:08 AM Nov 10, 2021 | Sanjay Jog

NCP leader Nawab Malik in his press conference today alleged that former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis was responsible for the 'criminalisation of politics' in the state and also claimed that he had links with Dawood Ibrahim's aide Riyaz Bhati.

He claimed that Fadnavis appointed people, who allegedly had links with criminals, to state undertakings.

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Nawab Malik claimed Devendra Fadnavis made criminal Munna Yadav from Nagpur the chairman of the construction board and another person named Hyder Azam was made minority cell chief.

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Fadnavis by appointing criminals in key posts protected fake note racketeers was responsible for the 'criminalisation of politics' in the state, the minister alleged.

During Devendra Fadnavis's Chief Ministership, criminal activities were protected and efforts are also made to save Sameer Wankhede, the minister alleged.

When demonetisation was announced on November 8, 2016, it was done to end fake notes. However, till October 8, 2017, no case came to the fore as Fadnavis' government was in power.

He said that DRI conducted a raid at BKC and seized Rs 14.56 crore fake notes. However, the case was buried by Devendra Fadnavis.

Sameer Wankhede was in charge of the case and was instrumental in watering it down. The DRI seizure was not handed over to the NIA because the people were involved were enjoying the protection of the then BJP led government, he said

Currently, there are two SITs are probing Sameer Wankhede. However, efforts are on to protect him by Fadnavis, he said further.

Malik further alleged that Riyaz Bhati, the aide of underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim has links with Devendra Fadnavis.

Riyaz Bhati was seen with Devendra Fadnavis at BJP programmes and was also seen in photos with the Prime Minister. He was arrested for possessing two passports but granted bail in two days because of his links to the BJP, the minister said.

"If a criminal is arrested with two bogus passports how was he released on bail in two days? This was possible as he had protection from Fadnavis," he alleged.

He claimed that Bhati is currently absconding and there should be a probe on how the fake note racket is linked to Pakistan.

Malik concluded by saying that his fight is against injustice and not personal.

"There are flood of cases against me. I have filed affidavit in the HC. I will fight the judicial fight," he said.

"Be it, black money, benami property, if any agency wants to probe against me let them do it," he said.

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