Former Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse got a clean chit from the state Anti Terror Squad or ATS which concluded that Khadse exchanged no phone calls with gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Now the ATS may file a case against whistleblower Manish Bangale, who had alleged that Mr Khadse had made several calls to a mobile number in Pakistan belonging to the underworld don, who tops India's most wanted listed for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
ATS reached the conclusion after making extension checks on the period that Mr. Bangale had claimed were made allegedly between Khadse and Dawood. But no such exchange of phone calls was found between the two. Now Bangale has been given a month to respond by the ATS and explain his allegations.
Khadse has been denying the allegations and said that the mobile number in question was not even operational for the past one year. Khadse resigned from Devendra Fadnavis’s government after allegations of illicit land swirled around him.