A day after meeting with Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde, lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, who has worked on several high-profile cases as a special prosecutor, denied on Sunday that he would join a political party. On Saturday, Shinde held a closed-door meeting with Nikam at the latter’s residence in Jalgaon.
“No, I don’t join any political party,” Nikam told The Indian Express when asked if he had received an offer from the Shiv Sena. “I have good relations with political leaders. We continue to meet… Shinde was on tour in Jalgaon. We met, discussed… but not on political issues. The leader of Sena has not made an offer to join the party, ”Nikam said.
“Even another Sena leader, Sanjay Raut, had met me at my residence last month. It was a personal and not a political visit, ”he added.
When asked how many parties had approached him so far, Nikam said, “The NCP is the only party that approached me during the last election of Lok Sabha. I was even offered a ticket to challenge the Lok Sabha poll. I had refused the offer, ”he said.
Regarding the possibility of joining a political party in the future, Nikam said: “I cannot talk about the future in the present. If anything has to happen, it will happen then. It is pointless to talk about what will happen in the future. Let’s live in the present, I don’t belong to any political party, that’s for sure.
Nikam said he had friends in all political parties, but he never took sides or compromised his profession.
“When Congress was in power both in the state and in the Center, I had fought against Sanjay Dutt in the gun possession case. Likewise, I had also conducted a case against Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, ”he declared.
Sena’s chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut also denied that Sena was looking to hang on to Nikam. “No, there is no truth in this. We did not approach Nikam to join the party. Shinde had met Nikam, that’s true, but it had to be for personal reasons. I had also met Nikam last month, we discussed general issues and not politics, ”he said, adding that Sena did not intend to make the special PP an offer to join the party. .
Nikam first rose to fame when he was chosen by the government as Special Prosecutor in the 1993 Mumbai Serial Bombings. After that, he fought several high-profile terrorism and murder cases, including the case of the terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008, the case of the murder of Gulshan Kumar and Pramod. Mahajan murder case.
A BJP executive claimed that Sena was seeking Nikam’s legal expertise, as some of its executives face an investigation from central investigative agencies. “The ED is already investigating a Sena leader and soon a Sena minister will also face an ED investigation,” he said.