The Bombay high court is likely to hear today the petition filed by Manish Bhangale, a Vadodara-based hacker, who has alleged that the Mumbai police have evidence about former revenue minister Eknath Khadse’s links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Bhangale, who filed the public interest petition (PIL), has reportedly alleged that the call records from Dawood’s Karachi residence show that he was in frequent touch with a specific mobile number registered in Khadse’s name. In his petition, Bhangale alleges that the Mumbai police has strong electronic evidence against Khadse, adding, no proper action has been taken against him yet.
The inquiry into the matter is currently being done by anti-terrorism squad (ATS), Maharashtra. The ATS had summoned Bhangale to their headquarters in Mumbai for recording his statement but he did not show up on Saturday, instead sent his lawyer.
Earlier, the Mumbai crime branch, then headed by IPS officer AC Kulkarni, had given Khadse a clean chit. Kulkarni was transferred to the ATS and the inquiry was moved to the ATS. Bhangale had earlier told the HT that the same police officers, who had given a clean chit to Khadse when they were in the crime branch are investigating the case again.
“I had met the senior officers when they were in the crime branch and had given them a live demo of how I accessed the documents concerned in the Pakistani telecom company. After the details were revealed to them, the crime branch officials had given a clean chit to Khadse within two hours. Now, again the same officers are at the helm of affairs at the ATS. The probe should be conducted by a central agency or a judicial probe should be ordered,” Bhangale had told HT.
Bhangale is in Jalgaon and is being provided security by the local police after he received threats to back out from what he had claimed to have revealed.