The Bharatiya Janata party wept on Tuesday after Mumbai police registered an FIR against opposition leader in the Legislative Council, Pravin Darekar. The BJP leader has been arrested for cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. The FIR, based on a complaint filed by Aam Aadmi party official Dhananjay Shinde, alleged that Darekar falsely claimed he was a worker to contest the elections for the director post at Mumbai Co-operative Bank.

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said there is a conspiracy to frame Darekar by the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi to silence them. “I myself said in the state assembly on Monday that Sanjay Pandey has been appointed as the Mumbai Police Commissioner to frame BJP leaders, including Darekar,” Fadnavis said.

He added: “If the Mumbai police case against Darekar has any substance, several leaders of the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena who are office holders of cooperative institutions and participated in labor organization elections will also have to be booked.”

“MVA leaders have told us that the prime minister’s office has provided a list of six to seven names of BJP leaders to be framed by the police and Darekar’s name was at the top of the list. However, we want to tell the government that we are not afraid of this and we would fight it out,” Fadnavis said.

ET had previously reported that there was pressure on the MVA government to take “action” against BJP leaders after several MVA leaders, including Sanjay Raut, Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik, were arrested by several central investigative agencies. Sena MP Sanjay Raut had even warned that three BJP leaders would soon face jail.

State police have already brought cases against Union minister Narayan Rane and his MLA son Nitesh, alleging that celebrity manager Disha Salian had been raped and murdered. The Sena-controlled Mumbai Municipal Corporation has also sent notices to Rane to demolish “unauthorized” structures in his family bungalow within 15 days.

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