Mumbai: In a yet another startling claim, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik has alleged that a conspiracy is underway to frame him in an 'Anil Deshmukh-style fake case.
Talking to mediapersons, Malik claimed that he has acquired some e-mails and WhatsApp chats of officers of Central probe agencies "instigating" people to lodge false complaints against him.
He added that implicating a minister in a false case is a very serious matter and demanded proper investigation.
"It seems like some people want to implicate me in a false case like Anil Deshmukh. I will complain to the Mumbai Police Commissioner and Home Minister Amit Shah and demand an investigation. I have solid evidence how some people are trying to implicate me (in a false case)," Mr Malik said today.
For the uninitiated, former Home Minister Deshmukh is facing money laundering charges. He is currently being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI and remains in jail under judicial custody.
The Minister -- who has launched a crusade against Nartcotics Control Bureau Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede - said that he has acquired solid evidence that "a plot is being hatched to trap him in a false case like that of former home minister Anil Deshmukh, currently in judicial custody."
Malik added that for the past couple of months after he started his serial expose on Wankhede and the 'farzi' (fraudulent) rave party raid on the Cordelia Cruise on October 2, he and his family are being "shadowed" by some suspicious unknown persons.
"They are making enquiries about my family, my grandchildren, my own movements, clicking pictures of my home and offices... Last week, when I traveled abroad (Dubai), they had come again, but were given a hot chase by some people in my locality as they took unauthorised photos of my home," Malik said.
The senior Nationalist Congress Party national spokesperson reiterated that he would not be cowed down by any Central agency's officers "attempting to entrap him in a sham matter", and vowed to continue his ongoing campaign on various fronts.
Against the backdrop of his startling revelations in the past couple of months, the state government had recently enhanced the security cover for Malik.