New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said he is confident that former BJP minister Eknath Khadse would return to the cabinet soon.

Fadnavis said that a committee has been set up to probe against Khadse in a Pune MIDC land deal and the report would be ready soon. He hopes that the tainted minister would be acquitted.

Khadse quit the cabinet on June 4, 2016 before the committee was set up. The most senior minister in the Maharashtra government had resigned for his alleged involvement in the illicit land deals and his cellphone conversations with Dawood Ibrahim.

During the investigation on land deal, he pleaded that there was nothing illegal in the deal since the land was not in possession of MIDC.

On June 5, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded the former Maharashtra Revenue Minister to be booked under sedition for his alleged links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Kejriwal had termed Khadse a “traitor” for his links with the gangster.