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Maharashtra minister attends wedding of gangster Dawood’s kin in Nashik, lands in trouble

Mumbai city news: The controversy started after a Marathi news channel IBN Lokmat started showing clips of the wedding reception

mumbai Updated: May 25, 2017 16:26 IST
HT Correspondent
Mumbai city news
Girish Mahajan is considered a close aide of CM Devendra Fadnavis.(HT)

Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan is in controversy after reports that he attended the wedding reception of a relative of gangster Dawood Ibrahim in Nashik on May 19.

Mahajan is the minister for water conservation and medical education as well as the guardian minister of Nashik district.

Mahajan told HT he was unaware that the bride’s family was related to Dawood. “I attended the wedding on an invitation from the groom’s uncle, Shahar Khateeb, who is a religious leader in Nashik, and participates in various medical camps organised by the health department,” Mahajan said.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked the Nashik police chief to submit a report. “I have already told Nashik police commissioner to send a report on the matter,” Fadnavis told HT.

The controversy started after a Marathi news channel IBN Lokmat started showing clips of the wedding reception on Wednesday.

The incident has caused embarrassment to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, as Mahajan is considered his close aide. According to reports, the bride is Dawood Ibrahim’s wife’s niece.

Along with Mahajan, three BJP MLAs, Nashik mayor Ranjana Bhanasi and 8 police officers also attended the wedding. Mahajan said he won’t name people, but leaders across political parties attended the ceremony. The minister said he had asked​ the chief minister to conduct a probe into the matter to let the truth come out.

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