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Maharashtra minister, BJP leaders attend Dawood Ibrahim's relative's wedding in Nashik

Maharashtra minister, BJP leaders attend Dawood Ibrahim's relative's wedding in Nashik

The incident has caused embarrassment to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, as Mahajan is considered his close aide. On May 19, Mr Mahajan, who is the guardian minister of Nashik, attended the wedding of the son of Hasif Hisamuddin Khatib, a religious leader. Reports also suggest that the function was also attended by local politicians, including legislators and corporators.

BJP legislators Devyani Farande, Balasaheb Sanap and Seema Hiray also attended the wedding. "A high-level probe needs to be conducted into this", Sawant told reporters here.

Some personnel attached to Bhadrakali police station in Old City area reportedly attended the marriage ceremony held at a posh mall in Mahatma Nagar area on Monday.

The BJP leader defended his presence and those of the other BJP leaders saying that he was invited to the wedding at the behest of the groom's relatives, who are responsible and prominent leaders of their community in Nashik.

The wedding invitation is said to be sent out to the police personnel by some Muslim clerics. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked for a report in the matter. Singhal did not specify the number of police officials who attended the wedding.

Meanwhile, recalling the resignation tendered by senior BJP minister Eknath Khadse previous year after the allegations of propriety had surfaced against him in a land deal, Sawant asked, "why different standards of justice are being applied in both the cases?" According to reports, the bride is Dawood Ibrahim's wife's niece. Sawant said there are no takers for Mahajan's argument that he was unaware that the bride background.

"The IB investigating this case proves that Dawood's relatives are on the radar of the intelligence agency. The minister should accept his mistake and resign", said Pawar.

Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar said, "We need to check why they went there. if they went to get some inputs on Dawood or because they are relatives of the family".

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