Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis was detained by the Mumbai police on Wednesday while staging a protest demanding Minister Nawab Malik’s resignation.
However, Fadnavis along with other BJP leaders were released after a brief detention.
Fadnavis has been protesting in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the past few days, demanding the resignation of NCP minister Nawab Malik, who is currently in judicial custody in connection with a money laundering case involving gangster Dawood Ibrahim and is due to be released on March 21.
Other leaders were also detained by the Mumbai police along with Fadnavis are Pravin Darekar, Ashish Shelar, Girish Mahajan, Nitish Rane, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, and Niranjan Davkare
During the protest Fadnavis addressed the protestors at the Azad Maidan demanding Nawab Malik Hatao, Maharashtra Batao.
The latest development came after when Fadnavis in the Assembly on Tuesday had alleged that the MVA government in Maharashtra was ‘conspiring’ against BJP leaders in the state.
Responding to Fadnavis’ claims, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said that the state government will probe the allegations leveled by Fadnavis if the video ‘proof’ in the pen drive is proven to be authentic. “If it is true that the recording (submitted by Fadnavis) is of 125 hours, then the use of a powerful agency cannot be ruled out…and such agencies are only under the Government of India,” Pawar said.