Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad on Monday told the Bombay high court that it found no exchange of calls between former state minister Eknath Khadse and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in a preliminary inquiry. During its preliminary inquiry, the agency said, it had not found any "terror link" between the two either, but stumbled upon certain "serious things" that needed to be probed further.
"But these will have to be probed by experts from the Mumbai police's cyber crime cell. The ATS will submit its preliminary inquiry report to the cyber crime cell of the crime branch, which shall then investigate (the case)," ATS' advocate Niteen Pradhan told a division bench of justices N H Patil and P D Naik. The HC was hearing a plea filed by Gujarat-based hacker Manish Bhangale that seeks a CBI probe against Khadse on the ground that the state machinery was "partial".
Bhangale is the one who claimed to have chanced upon Khadse's name in Ibrahim's call detail records. "The claims made by the petitioner that the information provided by him to the state machinery has been taken lightly is not correct. We are doing the needful and a CBI probe is not required," Pradhan said. The bench disposed of Bhangale's petition, saying, "We cannot jump to CBI every time. We have to trust the state machinery also."