Hacker Manish Bhangale who has levelled charges against former minister Eknath Khadse for exchanging phone-calls with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday deferred the hearing of the petition filed by ethical hacker Manish Bhangale against former minister Eknath Khadse, till four weeks and has asked him to bring more material to support his contentions.
A division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Prakash Naik were hearing writ petition filed Ahmedabad-based Manish Bhangale who has levelled allegations against Khadse for exchanging phone-calls with underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
Upon being asked about his ‘locus’, Bhangale’s counsel said, “The petitioner is an ethical hacker and hacked the site of a Pakistani telecom company. He came across the call records of Dawood’s wife Mehzabeen who had exchanged phone-calls with Maharashtra’s minister Eknath Khadse.”
Bhangale’s counsel informed the bench that the petitioner (Bhangale) had approached the police for registering a complaint against the minister. He also informed that the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police had called him for investigations and soon gave a clean chit to Khadse.
He stressed on the need of a CBI inquiry in this case and urged the court to direct the agency to investigate the case as it is concerned with ‘national security.’
Meanwhile, a Thane-based activist moved an intervention application and sought dismissal of the petition filed by Bhangale.
Terming the petitioner as ‘publicity-hungry’, the intervener’s counsel urged the court to dismiss the petition.
However, the court was not convinced with the contentions of the petitioner and has asked him to bring in more material to support his prayers.