AAP wants Khadse to quit over ‘ Dawood link’
An ‘ ethical hacker’ has alleged the minister’s number was among the most dialled in the don’s call records; Khadse has rubbished the charge
The Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) on Saturday demanded resignation of senior BJP leader and revenue minister Eknath Khadse, till the Dawood Ibrahim call record issue was resolved. A few days ago, it was alleged that Khadse was on the most dialled list of the gangster, and the state government had ordered a probe into whether the calls were made from the number registered at the gangster’s residence in Karachi.
AAP made the demand during a press conference at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh. ‘ Ethical hacker’ Manish Liladhar Bhangale, who first revealed the don’s call records to the media, was also present. The AAP banners were removed from the area when Bhangale spoke, as he wanted to speak for himself. He said he got the details of numbers on which Dawood called the most by hacking in to his wife’s email ID.
Mumbai’s AAP spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon said, “As per details, Khadse’s number was active and bill was also paid for February, March and April. If the number was not working, how were the bills paid as late as April?”
The AAP members also played an audio provided by the hacker, stating no bill was paid for the month of May. “What kind of a minister cannot distinguish between a truth and a lie? All we are saying is that the charges are serious enough to merit an investigation. How is it that the Jalgaon SP asked for call records of the number when the CM had handed over the inquiry to the Mumbai police?” rued Menon, showing a letter from the mobile firm to Jalgaon SP, giving details of calls made between May 1 and 8.
“I hacked Dawood’s number in national interest. There were four other numbers from India, but since there is no confirmation on whom they belonged to, I cannot reveal their names that I found out through the caller ID,” said Bhangale. He added, “I learned to hack on my own and there are people who fund such social work.”
Khadse, meanwhile, has dismissed all allegations, saying his number was not in use for the last one year and that he will file a defamation case against the AAP leader.
“The phone ( number) that the AAP spokesperson is referring to has not been in use for the last one year. During this period, no international call was made from or received on this number,” said Khadse, adding, “The telecom service provider has already sent a letter clarifying the facts. There is a possibility that the number was cloned. I have asked the CM and Jalgaon SP to probe if any person was using the number.”