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

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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.”

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