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Minister Nawab Malik tenders an apology affidavit to the high court for defaming NCB officer Wankhede

On Friday, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik also an NCP Leader has tendered to the Mumbai High Court an unconditional apology for making public comments and defaming NCB official Sameer Wankhede along with his family, despite his assurance given to the court of not indulging in defaming activity.

The apology tendered by Minister Nawab Malik to the curt for having violated the court’s verdict on the 29th of November was mentioned in the affidavit submitted by Senior Counsel Aspi Chinoy who had appeared in defense of the NCP leader, Minister Nawab Malik.

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Minister Malik mentioned in the affidavit that he did not mean to or it was not his direct intention to dishonor the court by breaking his own pledge taken in the court, but he also added that his comments which were put up in question were made during a personal interview and were not a part of any social media posts or were not posted as public comments with any media representative.

He further offered to the court an unconditional apology from his side in the affidavit tendered by him for breaching the undertaking of not indulging in any defamation of NCB official Sameer Wankhede on both 25th of November and 26th of November.

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Minister Malik said he will not make any personal comments against the Wankhede family until the court has taken a decision on the defamation suit filed against him by Dnyandev Wankhede, father of Sameer Wankhede.

The affidavit has added that Minister Malik believes that his statement, however, will not prevent him from commenting on the misuse of central agencies by political parties and officers not following proper conduct during the performance of their official duties.

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Dnyandev Wankhede’s lawyer, Senior Counsel Birendra Saraf has raised an objection with the court about Mr Malik’s statement of still commenting on the conduct of “Central agencies officials”.

Counsel Saraf added that Minister Malik must not misuse the affidavit to continue making defamation against Sameer Wankkhed who is Mumbai Zonal Director of the National Narcotics Contro Bureau.

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Advocate Chinoy has assured that his client will not make any personal comments against the NCB officer.

The High Court has accepted Mr Chinoy’s statement by making it clear that Mr Malik will not make any comment of NCB officer’s past conduct in the discharge of his official duties, he also suggested that counsels should advise both the parties to end this matter.

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The court has accepted NCP Leader and Minister of Maharashtra Nawab Malik’s apology tendered by him to the court through an affidavit.

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