Leader Of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis for Maharashtra State, on Tuesday, accused Maharashtra cabinet minister Nawab Malik and his family of purchasing a 2.80 acre plot from Mohammad Salim Patel, a man who allegedly worked for Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena Parker. The other party was Badshah Khan, a 1993 Bombay blast convict. The deal was alleged to have taken place in 2005.
Addressing a press conference, the former Maharashtra CM claimed to have had documents of five such property deals and said he would hand them over to the appropriate authorities.
Fadnavis said he would also submit the documents to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar to apprise him of the goings-on in Pawar’s party.
“There is a direct connection with the underworld. I have documents of five property deals. Four properties purchased connected with the underworld. I will ascertain which appropriate authorities, whether it is police, ED, NIA, and hand it over to them,” Fadnavis is quoted.
“Malik did business with people involved in blasts that shook Mumbai. He purchased land from convicts of the case at rates cheaper than market prices. Was this deal to save prime land from being forfeited under TADA law?” the BJP leader further questioned.
“The deal was carried out when Malik was a minister in the previous Congress-NCP government,” Fadnavis added.
The deal allegedly included a prime plot on LBS Road in Kurla, which was said to have been bought at a meagre sum of ₹30 lakh, when the going rates were higher, at about ₹2,053 per square feet in 2005.
The BJP leader’s allegations against Nawab Malik come in the wake of a series of controversies following the arrest of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, in a drugs bust case aboard a Goa-bound cruise last month.
Malik has accused the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) zonal director Sameer Wankhede of partnering with some BJP leaders in an extortion attempt in the case, besides levelling other charges.
Allegations and counter-allegations have followed between both parties since then.