Mumbai : The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra has found that the former state revenue minister Eknath Khadse had not exchanged any phone call with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, The ATS may instead file a case against ethical hacker Harish Bhangale for alleging that Khadse's phone number was used to call Dawood in Pakistan.
Sources within ATS near to media have claimed that in the investigation conducted by the agency, no call record between Khadse and the fugitive don was found. Instead, ATS has sought an explanation from Vadodara-based ‘ethical hacker’ Manish Bagale. According to sources, ATS is likely to file a case against Bagale for levelling false allegations against Khadse. He has been provided a period of one month of validate his charges. There is a speculation that Bagale’s charges could be politically motivated in a bid to defame Khadse, who was then appointed as Revenue Minister of Maharashtra.
"The Anti-Terrorism Squad (which probed the allegation) has received all the call data records, so far nothing significant has come out of the investigations into these call data records," an official told PTI last week.
Khadse has consistently denied the allegation saying that the mobile number concerned was not even in operation for the past one year. Earlier this month, Khadse had tendered resignation from his position when he found himself embroiled in two controversies — a land row and the Dawood call charges.