Maharashtra minister, cops at Dawood niece's wedding create row; inquiry ordered

Mumbai: The Congress-NCP combine on Thursday asked chief minister Devendra Fadanvis to sack medical education and water resources minister Girish Mahajan for attending the marriage of global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim's niece in Nashik on May 19. Also, a few Nashik police officials had attended the wedding, following which Nashik Police Commissioner Ravindra Singhal had ordered an inquiry against these officers.

The wedding was held in Mahatma Nagar area of Nashik.

A well-known resident of Old Nashik, Jaggi Konkani's daughter got married to the son of spiritual guru Khatib, at an extravagant event on 19 May.

The invitation for the marriage of Dawood's distant relative was reportedly given to the police personnel by some Muslim clerics. As per reports, local politicians including corporators and legislators also attended the event.

Eight police officers, including an assistant commissioner of police and two senior inspectors, reportedly attended the wedding in Nashik. Along with Mahajan, the other known people who attended the wedding reception include BJP legislators Devyani Farande, Balasaheb Sanap and Seeema Hiray, Nashik mayor Ranjana Bhanasi and deputy mayor Prathamesh Gite (both of the BJP) and a section of local municipal councillors.

Mumbai: Mumbai serial blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim may be hiding in Pakistan for decades, but he still maintains strong personal links with politicians and top policemen across Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, police have started the process of recording the statements of the policemen who attended the wedding. "This shows how Dawood's well wishers are entrenched in the system", Sawant said. The medical education minister further said that being the guardian minister of Nashik, he receives many such invitations, which is why he couldn't possibly have traced the antecedents of all the people who invite him to various events.

He also claimed that he was unaware of the bride's relation with Dawood's family.


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