Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi met old Don Karim Lala in Mumbai. Raut claimed this in an interview during the award ceremony of Lokmat Media Group. Now Jai Shankar Gupta, a member of the Press Council of India and a senior journalist jailed in emergency, has posted a photo of Karim Lala with Bal Thackeray asking what Sanjay Raut would say on it.
Mr. Gupta wrote on his Facebook timeline,
“Indira Gandhi has never been our ideal. Most of our adolescence and youth was spent opposing them and their governments. He also went to jail several times. They should also beat their police. But our friend, Shiv Sena’s bigoted leader Sanjay Raut is not embracing Indira Gandhi’s meeting or meeting in Bombay with smuggler Karim Lala, who is the Don of Bombay (now Mumbai). Though Sanjay regrets his statement by withdrawing his statement, he should have thought about his fruits as well as presenting evidence in his favor before making such a serious statement. In all, only one picture has appeared in which Mrs Gandhi is seen with Karim Lala. A third gentleman is also seen in this picture.
Actually, this picture is being told at the time of the Padma award distribution in Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1973.
Karim Lala also went with him when he received the Padma Bhushan award to Dr. Harendranath Bhattacharya, who is a famous doctor and film actor. Indira Gandhi was there as the then Prime Minister. This is a picture from the same time. But as soon as Sanjay Raut’s statement and this picture came out, the BJP and its statement gave the heroes an opportunity to be aggressive on the close relationship between Indira Gandhi, Congress and Mumbai’s underworld.
The BJP people forgot that it was because of the links between the underworld and the mafia kingpin that BJP’s senior leader Eknath Khadse lost the ministerial post and the assembly ticket. The names of Narayan Rane and Girish Mahajan also became the subject of controversy due to their relationship with the underworld.
And then if the picture itself is a proof of Indira Gandhi and Karimalala’s relationship, then the people of BJP along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, Punjab National Bank got thousands of crores. What will Nirav Modi say about the Davos photo and what Sanjay Raut will say on this picture in which Karim Lala and Bal Thackeray are seen together? “
Let us know that Karim Lala, Mastan Mirza alias Haji Mastan and Varadarajan Mudaliar were among the top mafia leaders of Mumbai who remained active from the 1960s to the eighties.