In the ongoing back-and-forth with ex-Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that began with the arrest of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in the drugs-on-cruise case, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik today dropped a “hydrogen bomb” – which the BJP mocked as a phuljhadi.

Mr Malik said that the senior BJP leader had “underworld connections” and that as Chief Minister, he protected individuals involved in a fake currency notes scheme being investigated by Sameer Wankhede, the NCB officer who was dismissed from the Aryan Khan case over alleged payback allegations of Rs 80 million.

Mr Malik also accused Mr Fadnavis of “diverting my issue” by claiming the former Chief Minister was attempting to “defend one officer (Mr Wankhede)… a man who is framing innocent people in fake cases.” Mr Malik has accused the opposition BJP of using the anti-drugs agency to entrap Aryan Khan on numerous occasions.

An hour later Mr Fadnavis responded with a quote from author George Bernard Shaw that said: “I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”

“As heads, you chose people with ties to the underworld. Didn’t you appoint Munna Yadav to lead the Board of Construction Workers? Haidar Azam was named President of the Maulana Azad Finance Corporation by you “Today, Nawab Malik stated.

“When demonetisation was implemented in 2016, Modiji stated that the goal was to eliminate black money, terrorism, and counterfeit money. (However,) no examples of bogus notes were reported until October 8, 2017, because the system was operating under Fadnavis’ protection “He went on to say more.

Mr Fadnavis had “resolved the case,” according to the NCP leader, despite the fact that 14.56 crore had been recovered at the time.

“One arrest occurred in Mumbai, while the other occurred in Pune… The amount recovered was stated to be 8 lakh, and the case was closed. It was never sent to the NIA, and the case was never pursued… since the racketeers were given immunity “He asserted.

“They said it was a Congress leader who was behind the ruse… but it wasn’t the case. If they were caught, the aim was to blame it on Congress. The Minorities Commission was chaired by Haji Arafat Sheikh. Imran, his brother, was involved in the crime and was apprehended “Mr. Malik explained.

“Sameer Dawood Wankhede, the lead investigator, was also in charge.. (then with the DRI, or Directorate of Revenue Intelligence). Devendraji and Mr Wankhede were in charge of the case “According to the minister.

Mr Fadnavis was also chastised by Nawab Malik over Riyaz Bhati, an alleged aide of wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim, who was arrested on extortion charges in Mumbai in October 2019.

“Riyaz Bhati was apprehended in possession of two passports. Why was he spotted with you at your events? When Riyaz Bhati arrived, how did he find the Prime Minister? You used Riyaz for your work, Devendraji. All of this occurred with your permission “Mr. Malik made the allegation.

Shortly after, BJP leader Ashish Shelar retorted, mocking Mr Malik’s assertion of “hydrogen bombs.”

“Those who claimed hydrogen bombs were incapable of even bursting sparklers. Yes, Munna Yadav, Haji Arafat, and Haider Azam are all party members, although Arafat and Azam have never been charged. They were only added after being double-checked. None of this happened while Fadnavis was in power “He asserted.

“Imran Alam Sheikh, who was found with counterfeit currency, was a Congress secretary at the time and is now an NCP worker,” he continued, denying any ties between Riyaz Bhati and the Prime Minister.

Mr Fadnavis said yesterday that Mr Malik’s ties to the mafia were “proven” when he claimed his opponent had signed a property deal with a mobster convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Mr. Fadnavis was accused of appearing in a music video financed by a now-incarcerated drug peddler, and Mr. Malik was accused of fabricating accusations to push Sameer Wankhede and the NCB to drop a case against his son-in-law, Sameer Khan.

The two have been at odds since Aryan Khan was arrested on October 3 in a case that Mr Malik alleges is “fake” and was set up to harm his father, Shah Rukh Khan. Mr Malik also claimed last week that Aryan, who was released on bond after spending more than 20 days in jail, had been “kidnapped for ransom.”

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