The Bombay High Court has taken a strong stance against the National Congress Party leader Nawab Malik as he has been publishing defamatory statements against the Wankhede family on Twitter.
The NCP leader has been releasing defamatory tweets against NCB officer Sameer Wankhede and his family. However, Malik made a statement on Thursday saying he would not utter anything publicly against the Wankhede family until December 9th.
Where did it All Begin?
Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik has been bad-mouthing Narcotics Control Bureau’s Mumbai Zone Chief Sameer Wankhede on Twitter following Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan’s charge in a drug-related issue.
Sameer Wankhede’s father Dhyandev Wankhede had filed an appeal to Bombay High Court challenging Justice Madhav Jamdar’s order of refusing to restrain Malik in Dhyandev’s Rs. 1.25 crore defamation suit for statements against NCB officer and his family. As per the appellant, the minister has been circulating proclamations about everyone in the family.
“He (Malik) has spared no one…my daughter, my dead wife. This morning, too, he has tweeted,” – Wankhede’s counsel pointed out in the court.
The single-judge bench, in the previous hearing, observed certain issues raised by Malik, on Wankhede’s behaviour to be concerning, even though the tweets were written out of malicious intent. Therefore the minister was directed to not make such statements against the family without any legal restrain.
The Strong Response of the HC
On Thursday, the High Court responded strongly against the irresponsible behaviour of the Minister. The division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and Milind Jadhav was hearing Mr Sameer’s father Dhyandev Wankhede’s appeal for ad-interim reliefs to restrain Malik from making unverified allegations.
To assess in-depth, the judge asked if Malik had filed an official complaint against Mr Wankhede regarding his caste certificate.
“Any complaint made to the caste scrutiny committee? If no then what is he trying to prove? Is this for media publicity? For claims of caste falsities, everyone has a redressal forum (the caste scrutiny committee),” the high court said. “If there is a caste certificate in his favour, what are you required to do first?” the bench added.
“What is this media publicity he wants every day? Especially after his son-in-law’s arrest…He is a minister, does it befit him to do all this?” the judge asked, according to Live Law Report.
Malik’s Statements on the Issue
Malik’s lawyer Karl Tamboly revealed that his client will not make any statements about Dhyandev Wankhede and his family till the next hearing on December 9th. They are further going to file an appeal against the observations made by the Single Bench Judge.