NCP leader Nawab Malik on Wednesday accused former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of protecting fake currency rackets in the state and alleged that the BJP leader had links with gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Riyaz Bhat
Addressing a press conference, Malik said “I’m fighting against a man who is framing innocent people in fake cases. Devendra Fadnavis is not only diverting my issue but also trying to defend one officer (Sameer Wankhede).”
“Nagpur’s notorious criminal Munna Yadav was appointed chairman of Construction Workers’ Board by Devendra Fadnavis during his govt. One Haidar Azam, involved in illegal immigration of Bangladeshis, was appointed chairman of Maulana Azad Finance Corporation by Fadnavis,” he said.
“One Riyaz Bhati, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested at Mumbai airport with a fake passport. He was allowed bail in 2 days only. Why was Riyaz Bhati in close contact with you (Devendra Fadnavis)?. Bhati has been seen with many big leaders in pictures,” Malik added.
“Demonetisation was done in 2016. Counterfeit notes were being caught across the country but till 8 Oct’17 not a single case of counterfeit notes was reported in Maharashtra as the game of counterfeit notes was going on in Maharashtra under Devendra Fadnavis,” Malik alleged.
“On 8 Oct 2017, DRI conducted raids at BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) in which counterfeit notes with a face value of 14.56 crores were seized. Devendra Fadnavis had helped suppress this matter,” the NCP leader said.
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.”