AAP claims Maharashtra minister spoke with mafia don Dawood

Mumbai: The AAP on Saturday claimed that Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse got several calls on his mobile from mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar's Karachi residence. Khadse promptly dismissed the allegation by AAP spokesperson Priti Sharma-Menon as "baseless" even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked Mumbai Police to investigate the matter. "Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse's number seen in Dawood Ibrahim's call logs. Its shocking. Khadse has to resign, otherwise a free and fair investigation cannot take place," Sharma-Menon said in a tweet and later at a media conference. She alleged that Khadse received calls from Dawood between September 5, 2015 and April 5, 2016. Khadse admitted that the number in question belonged to him but said it was not in service since the past one year. Sharma-Menon told the media that the incident came to light after a Baroda-based techie Manish L. Bhangale, an ethical hacker, hacked into the call records of four phone number registered in the name of the don's wife Mehjabin Shaikh and detected four Indian numbers on which the don reportedly spoke. Bhangale checked out the details of these numbers and found that one of these, an Idea mobile number, belonged to Khadse, Sharma-Menon alleged.