Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik as we speak informed the Bombay High Court that the defamation go well with filed in opposition to him by Dhyandev Wankhede, father of NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede, was solely an try to cover-up the “illegalities” dedicated by the IRS officer and claimed none of his statements in opposition to them was false.
Mr Malik submitted an affidavit within the excessive court docket in response to the defamation go well with filed by Dhyandev Wankhede, looking for damages to the tune of Rs 1.25 crore and likewise an order restraining the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief from making any false or incorrect statements in opposition to the Wankhede household that will defame or hurt their fame.
The minister, in his affidavit, nevertheless, mentioned not one of the statements made by him was incorrect and that the proof produced by him has, the truth is, helped the federal government equipment take corrective steps in opposition to Sameer Wankhede, who had been dealing with some high-profile medicine case until just lately, together with the one during which Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan is an accused.
“Sameer Wankhede is facing vigilance inquiry and the Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has transferred a total of six cases from its Mumbai unit headed by zonal director Sameer Wankhede to its unit in Delhi,” the affidavit mentioned.
“Thus, initiation of action against Sameer Wankhede shows the authenticity of evidence produced by the defendant (Malik),” the NCP chief mentioned, including that being a public consultant, he was solely making an attempt to reveal the “illegalities” dedicated by Sameer Wankhede, a civil servant.
“The plaintiff (Dhyandev Wankhede), by filing the present suit, is trying to curtail the freedom of expression granted to the defendant under Article 19 of the Constitution of India, which the defendant uses for public good,” the affidavit mentioned.
It added that the defamation go well with was nothing however an try to cowl up the “illegalities” dedicated by the petitioner Dhyandev Wankhede’s son Sameer Wankhede.
Mr Malik sought dismissal of the defamation go well with and mentioned it was not maintainable because the petitioner was looking for aid not only for himself but additionally his relations.
The NCP chief, who has levelled a collection of allegations in opposition to Sameer Wankhede – starting from forgery to mendacity about his faith – mentioned the petitioner can’t file a consultant go well with on behalf of his relations.
“The family members of the plaintiff have not initiated any legal proceedings controverting the evidence produced by the defendant (Malik),” the affidavit mentioned.
The 62-year-old politician mentioned he has not made any false statements and has produced documentary proof to assist his claims. “In the circumstances, it is humbly submitted that the authenticity and admissibility of the evidence produced by the defendant can be decided only at the stage of trial,” the affidavit mentioned.
It added that Dhyandev Wankhede has failed to provide any documentary proof to assist his claims within the go well with that the statements made by Malik are incorrect.
“I (Malik) have produced the birth certificate of Sameer Wankhede, son of the plaintiff to show that Sameer Wankhede is a Muslim by birth and that he has secured a government job by falsely claiming to be from a Scheduled Caste,” the affidavit mentioned.
It added that as per the start certificates, which has been issued by the municipal company, the identify of Sameer Wankhede’s father is proven as Dawood Wankhede and non secular id as Muslim.
“I say that if the said birth certificate issued by the municipal corporation is false then it is for the plaintiff or Sameer Wankhede to take corrective steps and pursue it with the civic authorities. If the birth certificate is false then the plaintiff should have produced the correct birth certificate,” the affidavit mentioned.
It additional mentioned the petitioner has failed to point out as to how the statements made by Mr Malik had been derogatory or defamatory.
The minister additional mentioned a number of different individuals, together with a witness within the drugs-on-cruise case, have made allegations of makes an attempt of extortion in opposition to Sameer Wankhede, a 2008-batch IRS officer.
A trip bench of Justice Madhav Jamdar is scheduled to listen to the go well with on Wednesday.
The go well with has sought an order declaring Mr Malik’s statements as defamatory in nature and a everlasting injunction restraining the NCP chief from publishing or making statements earlier than the media, together with his social media accounts.
The go well with has said that the statements by Mr Malik that Mr Wankhede is a Muslim amounted to questioning the non secular beliefs of the household by disputing they aren’t Hindus.
It claimed that Mr Malik’s statements brought on an irreparable loss, harm, hurt, prejudice to the identify, character, fame and societal picture of the Wankhede household.
The go well with additionally sought instructions to the state minister to take again all defamatory statements made by him up to now and likewise to delete his tweets posted in opposition to the petitioner and his relations.
Sameer Wankhede had final month led a raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast after which the NCB claimed to have seized medicine onboard.
Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan and 19 others had been later arrested in reference to the cruise medicine case. Some of the accused, together with Aryan Khan, are presently out on bail.
Mr Malik has repeatedly termed the cruise medicine case as “fake” and levelled a string of allegations in opposition to the IRS officer, who has denied his prices.
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