New Delhi: Former Maharashtra chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, along with other party leaders, was detained by the police in Mumbai Wednesday during a protest demanding the resignation of NCP leader and minister Nawab Malik from the Maharashtra cabinet.
Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, his counterpart in Council Pravin Darekar and state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil were among those who were detained briefly, according to Deccan Herald.
Fadnavis has been demanding Malik’s resignation during the ongoing Budget session of Maharashtra assembly since last week. He had also claimed in the assembly that Malik had knowingly entered into a transaction related to the land owned by the aides of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his late sister Haseena Parkar, News18 reported.
“The power of attorney was in the name of Sardar Shahawali Khan and Salim Patel, who are accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts and also the aide of gangster Dawood Ibrahim. The money from the land deal was given to Haseena Parkar. Mumbai saw multiple blasts claiming hundreds of lives in 2005, 2006 and 2008. The real estate deals were utilised for the funding of the terrorist activities and Malik’s links in such deals are established,” Fadnavis had alleged.
The BJP legislators had also staged a protest outside the Maharashtra legislative assembly Tuesday demanding Malik’s resignation.
The NCP leader was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on February 23 in a money-laundering case allegedly linked to Dawood Ibrahim and his aides. On Monday, Malik was sent to judicial custody till 21 March.