Minister should resign for attending wedding of Dawood's kin: Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra BJP minister Girish Mahajan

Mumbai: The Congress-NCP combine on Thursday asked chief minister Devendra Fadanvis to sack medical education and water resources minister Girish Mahajan for attending the marriage of worldwide terrorist Dawood Ibrahim's niece in Nashik on May 19.

City police commissioner Ravindra Singhal, who ordered an internal inquiry against the concerned police personnel didn't specify the exact number of police personnel who attended the marriage.

BJP legislators Devyani Farande, Balasaheb Sanap and Seeema Hiray, Nashik mayor Ranjana Bhanasi and deputy mayor Prathamesh Gite (both of the BJP) and some local municipal councillors accompanied Mahajan.

Summary: Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan is in controversy after reports that he attended the wedding reception of a relative of gangster Dawood Ibrahim in Nashik on May 19. Jaggi's elder daughter is married to the son of Ibrahim Kaskar-brother of Dawood Ibrahim.

The invitation for the marriage of Dawood's distant relative was reportedly given to the police personnel by some Muslim clerics. According to reports, the bride is Dawood Ibrahim's wife's niece. Reportedly, 8 police officers including two inspectors and assistant commissioner of police attended the function.

Reports suggest that the function was also attended by local politicians, including legislators and corporators.

"Instructions to take action against the police personnel, if any illegality is found in attending the marriage, have been given", he told reporters in Thane.

"The invitation for the marriage was sent to some police officials of Bhadrakali police station and also to some corporators, political personalities, MLAs etc.,"Singhal told PTI".

Notably, Mahajan is the minister in the Fadnavis government for water conservation and medical education as well as the guardian minister of Nashik district.

Mr. Mahajan, in his turn, has admitted to attending the marriage, but denied having any knowledge that the bride's family has alleged links to the gangster.

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