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Retired HC judge to enquire in Khadse’s case: Fadnavis

Devendra-Fadnavis

Following the resignation of Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse from his post, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said the latter had demanded an inquiry into the allegations against him, adding that a retired High Court judge would be appointed for the same.

“Received the resignation from Eknath Khadse ji. I’ve accepted it and sent it to Hon’ble Governor,” Fadnavis tweeted.

“Khadse ji has demanded an inquiry into allegations against him. A retired HC Judge will be appointed to conduct inquiry,” he added.

Earlier today, Khadse resigned from his post following allegations of impropriety with regard to a land deal and alleged calls from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

He met Fadnavis amid reports, that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had begun the process to act against him.

The development came after Fadnavis met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi late on Thursday night, hours after he gave a report to BJP chief Amit Shah on Khadse.

The most senior minister in the Fadnavis government is facing serious allegation over an illicit land deal and his cellphone allegedly appearing in the call records of most-wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

Khadse, however, maintained the land was not owned by the government, that he bought it from a private party, and that he paid the stamp duty or tax on the market value of the plot which he says proves that the deal was above-board.

The Maharashtra’s Anti-Terror squad is investigating the alleged calls to the minister from Dawood Ibrahim. Khadse has denied any links to Dawood Ibrahim.

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