Allegations need to be proven before taking any action against Eknath Khadse: Kiren Rijiju
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has said the allegations that Khadse has links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim need to be proved before any action is taken.
Panaji: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has said the allegations that Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse has links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim need to be proved before any action is taken against him.
Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon had last week alleged that Khadse had received several calls from the number of Dawood's wife, Mehjabeen Shaikh, between 4 September 2015 and 5 April 2016.
"At this moment, it has only been alleged that Eknath Khadse has links with Dawood Ibrahim. The same has to be verified," Rejiju told reporters last evening on the sidelines of a programme in Vasco town.
"It is not that we will not take action against him but for doing that the same has to be proved," he added.
Khadse, however, had dismissed the allegations as "baseless", stating that the particular number was not in use for the last one year.
Mumbai Police on 22 May had stated that initial analysis of the cell phone number (belonging to Khadse) indicated that there were neither outgoing nor incoming calls from the number to that of the fugitive (Dawood) during the entire period of September 2015 to April 2016, as claimed by AAP.
Maharashtra floods: 129 dead in rain-related incidents in last 48 hours; heavy downpour hampers rescue operations
The toll included 38 deaths in a landslide in a village in the coastal Raigad district, while several people were swept away by floodwaters
As many as 12 local relief teams, two from the Indian Navy, two from the Indian Coast Guard, and three from the NDRF have been deployed to the inundated areas
NDRF deployed 8 more teams in Maharashtra in the flood-affected areas. Now a total of 34 teams have been deployed for rescue and relief work at various places.