MUMBAI: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and NCP leader Sharad Pawar on Saturday accepted of being contacted by senior advocate Ram Jethmalani over the willingness of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to surrender but he claimed that the conditions that were put forward for it were not suitable to the then ruling state government. (Also Read: Ram Jethmalani’s sensational claims: Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel proposed to surrender, but govt denied the offer)
The bid was initiated at the time when Pawar was heading the state as the Chief Minister in 1990s.
“It is true that Ram Jethmalani had given a proposal about Dawood’s willingness to return. But there was a condition that Dawood should not be kept in jail. Rather he be allowed to remain in a house. This was not acceptable. We said he had to face the law,” Pawar told reporters here.
Ram Jethmalani made sensational claims today that the most wanted underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim, a key accused in 1993 serial blasts and his close associate Chhota Shakeel wanted to surrender but the state government then headed by Pawar had rejected the offer.