Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, revealed plans to establish a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to delve into the alleged associations between Mohd Salim Mira Shaikh, a convict serving a life sentence in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts conspiracy case, and Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sudhakar Badgujar.
Fadnavis’s announcement followed the submission of photographic and video evidence by two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators, Nitesh Rane and Ashish Shelar. The evidence purportedly showcased Mohd Salim’s presence at an event hosted by the Sena’s Nasik city chief, suggesting a connection between the convict and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena.
Highlighting the serious breach of parole norms, Fadnavis condemned Mohd Salim’s participation in revelry activities while on parole, emphasizing the gravity of the situation. He stressed the need to investigate the identities and affiliations of other attendees, implying the potential implications and possible political patronage involved.
The announcement drew attention from multiple quarters within the government, with Public Works Department Minister Dada Bhuse underscoring the necessity for a thorough investigation, hinting at potential terror funding implications. Ashish Shelar raised concerns about the alleged display of opulence and cultural connections among certain Sena leaders.
Nitesh Rane, who brought the issue to the assembly’s forefront, alleged that the gathering occurred at Badgujar’s farmhouse just before Mohd Salim’s parole ended. He pressed for an inquiry into the individuals supporting convicts involved in the blasts case.
The proposed SIT probe signals the intensification of scrutiny into the alleged ties between a convicted individual and a prominent political figure, amplifying concerns about potential illicit associations and signaling a robust governmental response to uphold law and order.