MUMBAI: Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and activist Anjali Damania on Saturday claimed to have received a threatening call from a Pakistan-based number demanding that she withdraw the cases she filed against former minister Eknath Khadse of the BJP.
"I received a call at 12.33 am asking me to withdraw all cases against Khadse. The number had the country code +92 - which is the country code of Pakistan. The Truecaller app flashed "Dawood 2" on the screen," Damani said.
She added that she lodged a complaint with the Vakola police station about the call and recorded a statement.
"The caller spoke rudely and threatened to make my life difficult. I immediately spoke to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. He promptly assured me that the joint commissioner of police (crime) will seriously look into the matter," Damania said.
Damania is among the petitioners who filed a public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court seeking action against Khadse for alleged graft. Earlier this month, she accused Khadse of passing sexually suggestive remarks against her.
Informed CM on threat call frm a landline number of Pakistan,asking me to withdraw all cases against Eknath Khadse.Jt CP Crime investigating pic.twitter.com/Gsws5rO8WK— Mrs Anjali Damania (@anjali_damania) September 23, 2017
Interestingly, last year, Khadse, who was forced to resign as a minister following charges of corruption, was accused of being in contact with the fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
In 2016, Manish Bhangale, a self-proclaimed ethical hacker, alleged that Khadse was in contact with Dawood Ibrahim and even produced the bills for a landline number in Karachi which was reportedly registered in the name of Dawood's wife, Mehjabeen Sheikh.
Bhangale made the information public when Khadse was facing corruption charges in connection with the illegal procurement of a piece of industrial land near Pune.
However, Khadse was relieved when it was proved that Bhangale forged the telephone bill and other documents. Bhangale was later arrested by the Mumbai police.