MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured media persons that no injustice will be done to journalist Shahid Ansari. Fadnavis accepted that the police had registered FIRs against Ansari under false sections of the IPC.
On September 5, 2016, a journalists’ delegations met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his government bungalow Varsha. The delegation comprised Kamlesh Sutar, Vinod Jagdale, Ehsaan Abbas, Hritik Bhalekar, Waseem Ansari, Tushar Shetye, Avinash Pandey, Rahul Sharma and Razik Khan. Fadnavis assured all that Shahid Ansari need not worry. Fadnavis also instructed top police officials to inquire into the matter through the Cyber Cell and register a case against those who are defaming Shahid Ansari on social media, declaring him wanted and announcing a reward for him.
Earlier, on September 2, 2016, a delegation of journalists comprising Vishal Singh, Sunil Singh, Sudhakar Kashyap, Amaan Sayyed, Ganesh Thakur, Nityanand Sharma, Suraj Ojha, Prashant Pandey and Ashish Bansod met Commissioner of Police DD Padsalgikar.
The Nagpada, Mumbra and Nashik police have registered FIRs against Shahid Ansari under sections 295 (A), 500, 501, 504, 34, 153 (A) and 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code. Shahid Ansari published an article on his news portal ‘Bombayleaks’ against so-called Muslim leader Moinuddin Ashraf Sayyed alias Moin Miyan. Moin formed a committee in which his relatives are members and are trying to usurp a plot measuring 17,779 square yards worth Rs 250 crore located in Nagpada, South Mumbai. One of the Moin gang members was identified as Maqsood Ahmed Nathani. The Wakf Board has given a stay on the matter.
“I published the news based on sufficient documents. I don’t care about FIRs. My exposing wrongdoings will continue. I also came to know that Joint Commissioner (Law and Order) Deven Bharti alias Bal Kalakar is helping the Moin gang,” said Shahid Ansari.