In a major embarrassment for the Devendra Fadanvis's Maharashtra government, the state Water conservation and medical education minister, Girish Mahajan, was spotted at the wedding reception of dreaded terrorist Dawood Ibrahim's wife's niece.
In his defense Girish Mahajan has stated that he wasn't aware of the relatives of the bride. And that he had attended the wedding at the invitation of groom's uncle, Shahar Khateeb, a religious leader from Nashik. "I am guardian minister of Nashik. I receive many invitations, but it is not possible to check the antecedents of people. In the present case, I attended the marriage since I personally knew Khateeb. I was accompanied by our party legislators and the mayor and deputy mayor of Nashik," Mahajan said. He went on to state "I attended the marriage on the invitation of Khateeb, the most respected religious leader of the Muslim community. Khateeb has been one of the pillars of social activities undertaken by the medical education department in the Nashik region. He had taken keen interest in a medical camp organised by the department in Nashik and Nandurbar and also in last year's Kumbh mela,"
An inquiry has also been ordered against 10 police officers who had attended the function along with the minister. The police officers have gotten their statements recorded. A senior police officer said the cops admitted attending the function but only due to their good relationship with the bridegroom's uncle.
"Khateeb has been helping us in maintaining communal harmony and peace in the city. He has been a member of the peace committee for a long period," he said.
Posted On : 25-May-2017