The offer was made during Pawar's tenure as Chief Minister in 1990s. "It is true that Ram Jethmalani had given a proposal about Dawood's willingness to return. But there was a condition that Dawood should not be kept in jail. Rather he be allowed to remain in a house. This was not acceptable. We said he had to face the law," Pawar told reporters here.

The former Union minister was asked about Jethmalani's statement that Dawood, a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, was willing to surrender to Indian authorities but Pawar, the then Chief Minister heading a Congress government in the state, had rejected the offer.

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