New Delhi, July 4: In a startling revelation, former BJP leader Ram Jethmalani has claimed that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel, had offered to surrender to Indian authorities in the 90s.
Ruing senior advocate Jethmalani further said that then Maharashtra chief minister Sharad Pawar had rejected the offer, made by the notorious terrorists.
Media report quotes Pawar saying, "Shakeel had contacted him in London with the offer and had asked that both dons be kept under house arrest during the trial, but the state government had been unable to guarantee the same".
Meanwhile, Chhota Shakeel has also corroborated the claim that Dawood wanted to return to India after the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
In an exclusive telephonic interview to TOI, Shakeel said, "When we wanted to come back after 1993, you people, your government didn't allow. Bhai had himself spoken that time to Ram Jethmalani, that too in London... baat ho gayi thi... But your ministry... that Advani played the game".
Speaking on number of issues, Dawood's close aide blamed India government for making discrimination between different underworld gangs.
When asked about recent claim made by different Indian officials that Dawood will brought to India at any cost, furious Shakeel said, "Every time a new government comes, they make the first statement about us. Usko leke aayenge... ghus ke laayenge... Kya halwa hai? Bakri ka bachcha samajh ke rakha hai kya?".