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Nawab Malik apologizes to HC for making feedback towards Sameer Wankhede household regardless of giving enterprise

NCP chief and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Friday tendered an unconditional apology to the Bombay Excessive Courtroom for making public feedback about NCB official Sameer Wankhede and his household regardless of an assurance that he wouldn’t accomplish that. Senior counsel Aspi Chinoy, who appeared for Malik, submitted an affidavit by the minister the place he apologized for having violated the court docket’s November 29 order.

It was not his intention to dishonor the court docket by breaching his personal enterprise, Malik stated within the affidavit.

However he additionally contended that he made the feedback in query throughout an interview they usually weren’t a part of social media posts, or public feedback.

“I supply my unconditional apology to this court docket by way of breaches of the enterprise given on November 25 and November 29,” he stated within the affidavit.

He is not going to make any private feedback in regards to the Wankhede household till the excessive court docket heard the defamation swimsuit filed towards him by Sameer Wankhede’s father Dnyandev, the minister stated.

“I, nevertheless, consider my assertion is not going to forestall me from commenting on the political misuse of central companies, and the conduct of their officers in the middle of efficiency of their official duties hereafter,” the affidavit added.

The excessive court docket accepted Malik’s apology.

It additionally took observe of the objection raised by Dnyandev Wankhede’s lawyer, senior counsel Birendra Saraf, about Malik’s assertion that he can nonetheless touch upon the conduct of ‘officers of Central companies’.

Malik should not misuse this a part of the affidavit to proceed making defamatory statements towards Sameer Wankhede (who’s Mumbai zonal director of the Narcotics Management Bureau), advocate Saraf stated. Advocate Chinoy stated his shopper is not going to make any private feedback towards the officer.

“I (Malik) am not saying something about his (Sameer Wankhede’s) private life. His faith, caste, holidays… I’m not ,” the lawyer stated.

The excessive court docket accepted Chinoy’s assertion but in addition made it clear that Malik shall not make any feedback on Sameer Wankhede’s previous conduct in discharge of official responsibility. Any feedback have to be restricted to the current or future, the court docket stated.

The court docket additionally recommended that counsels of each the events should advise them to “put an finish to this.”

Chinoy stated he wished he may, however the challenge was “very complicated.”

On November 29, the division bench had quashed the November 22 order of a single choose who had refused to restrain the minister from making defamatory statements towards the Wankhedes whereas the defamation swimsuit was heard.

Malik then gave an enterprise that he is not going to make public statements or put up something on social media towards the Wankhede household.

The court docket additionally requested Dnyandev Wankhede to file a rejoinder (further) affidavit by January 3, 2022.

Dnyandev has filed a defamation swimsuit towards Malik and sought damages of Rs 1.25 crore, alleging that the NCP chief launched a smear marketing campaign towards his household after Malik’s son-in-law was arrested by the NCB in a medication case earlier this 12 months.

On Friday, HC prolonged the time granted to Malik to file his affidavit earlier than the only bench as much as Tuesday.

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