Picture of Fadnavis' wife with drug peddler posted

Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta Fadnavis with an alleged drug peddler Jaideep Rana
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Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta Fadnavis with an alleged drug peddler Jaideep Rana

Highlights

  • Will expose minister’s link with underworld: Ex-CM
  • Wankhede meets NCSC chief, submits caste papers

Mumbai: Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik on Monday sought to link the BJP with an alleged narcotics dealer by tweeting the latter's photograph with former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis' wife Amruta Fadnavis.

Devendra Fadnavis, however, said Malik's tweet reflected his mentality and claimed that he will "burst a bomb" after Diwali by making revelations about the minister's "underworld links", which he will also share with NCP president Sharad Pawar.

In a series of tweets, Malik, who has been targeting the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) after it raided a cruise ship last month and claimed to have seized drugs onboard, posted a photograph of Amruta Fadnavis with an alleged drug peddler.

He also posted a similar photograph of Devendra Fadnavis with alleged the drug dealer.

"Let's have a discussion of links between BJP and drug peddler," Malik tweeted, referring to the photograph of Amruta Fadnavis with the person. In another tweet, the minister said the person was Jaideep Rana.

Later, talking to reporters, Devendra Fadnavis said the creative team of River March, an organisation working for the conservation of rivers in Mumbai, had hired this person four years ago. Fadnavis was then the chief minister of the state.

The former CM said he and his wife were associated with the cause of river rejuvenation. "The cracker just before the Diwali was a damp squib and it gives an impression that Malik has made some big revelation," Devendra Fadnavis said, referring to the photograph of his wife with the alleged drug peddler.

"I don't stay in a house of glass, and those having links with the underworld and drugs should not talk to me. I will furnish all the proof after Diwali. Law will take its own course," the senior BJP leader said.

Just after the former CM's press conference, Malik tweeted, "We are ready."

Devendra Fadnavis also said Malik's attack on the NCB is an attempt to put pressure on officials of the anti-drugs agency so that the case against the NCP leader's son-in-law is weakened.

Malik's son-in-law Sameer Khan was arrested by the NCB earlier this year in a drugs case and was later granted bail by a court.

Devendra Fadnavis said Malik referred to the "BJP's drug connection".

He said if one goes by that logic, then the entire NCP can be termed as a "drug mafia", as Malik's son-in-law was arrested by the NCB in an alleged drugs case, but he would not label the Sharad Pawar-led party with such terms. "If a photo of an unrelated man (alleged drug peddler) surfaces and makes one a drug mafia, then then what should one call a party when drug is seized," the BJP leader said, referring to the arrest of Sameer Khan by the NCB.

Fighting allegations that he forged documents, Narcotics Control Bureau's Mumbai zonal head Sameer Wankhede presented his original caste papers to prove he is a Dalit to National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairperson Vijay Sampla.

The proofs and documents provided will be verified with the Maharashtra government and no action can be taken against him if they are found to be valid, Sampla told reporters after meeting Wankhede, who is leading the probe in the cruise drugs case in which actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan was arrested. Sources added that Wankhede, also submitted divorce papers of his first marriage, birth certificate and other related documents.

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