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'Minister has made 150 calls to Dawood aide since Nov 26'

'Minister has made 150 calls to Dawood aide since Nov 26'

Author: Sudhir Suryawanshi
Publication: Mumbai Mirror
Date: April 21, 2009
URL: http://www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=2&contentid=20090421200904210336274901bef59e4

MP Mohan Rawle gives detailed phone records of Minister of State for Home (Urban) Arif Naseem Khan to state government, urging it to probe the matter

Minister of State for Home (Urban) Arif Naseem Khan is facing fresh controversy for his alleged links with the underworld.

Sena MP Mohan Rawle has written to the state government giving details of calls allegedly made between Khan and a Dawood aide on the morning of the Mumbai terror attacks.

Rawle claims to have acquired Khan's phone records from the phone company. In his letter to the state, he alleges that Khan, a Congress MLA from Kurla, made and received at least 150 calls to and from Asif Dadhi since November 26. "The calls were made and received on a cellphone number acquired by Dadhi's wife Reshma," he said.

Rawle explained that he had first asked Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to probe the matter. "Surprisingly, the CM has ignored my demand and did not give a satisfactory answer," he revealed, following which he decided to write to the state government.

In February, Khan's alleged underworld links created an uproar in the state legislative assembly. BJP MLA Devendra Fadnavis had made allegations over the same issue in one of the sessions. Khan had then refuted the allegations stating the issue was politically motivated.

This time round too, he has said that the allegations against him are baseless and that he doesn't know Asif Dadhi. "The opposition is resorting to political stunts during the Lok Sabha elections to malign my image," he said.

Rawle said that Khan justified the calls saying that being a minister he gets calls from several people every day. "We can understand that. But Khan himself had called Dadhi on the morning of 26/11. No one will call a stranger," Rawle alleged.

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