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Nawab Malik tells Bombay High Court in defamation case

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People have a right to know the “illegal manner” in which NCB zone manager Sameer Wankhede obtained his position in the listed caste category despite being a Muslim and the “illegalities committed” by him as a Muslim. ‘public official, NCP chief Nawab Malik said in a statement. affidavit to the Bombay High Court.

Malik refuted the allegations of malice against the Wankhedes, citing his criticism of the behavior of the BCN, under Sameer, from November 2020, well before his son-in-law’s arrest by the agency.

He alleged that the NCB was targeting celebrities to advertise their duty to track down drug traffickers. In addition, the agency seemed interested in arresting consumers instead of giving them the opportunity to reform, he said. “I had expressed my opinion that drug addicts should be sent to rehab and not to jail.”

The affidavit was submitted by Malik to oppose provisional relief granted to Sameer’s father, Dnyandeo Wankhede, in the latter’s Rs 1.25 crore libel action. Wankhede has sought to temporarily and permanently ban Malik, or anyone acting on his behalf, from posting “defamatory” material against them.

Last week, Malik unconditionally apologized to the court for violating an earlier pledge that he would not post against the Wankhedes until the interim claim is decided. The apology was lodged in Wankhede’s appeal challenging a single judge’s order denying interim relief.

It should be noted that Sameer Wankhede was the head of the NCB area unit during the drug seizure on a cruise ship in which Aryan Khan was arrested in October 2021. The case was transferred to an ITS in Delhi after allegations of corruption surfaced.

Malik alleged that Sameer Wankhede, although born a Muslim, got a post in the central government claiming to be of the intended Mahar caste.

In the affidavit, Malik claimed that a lawsuit had been filed, claiming that Wankhede only filed the lawsuit to crack down on the illegal acts of the father-son duo, which came to light on the evidence obtained and produced. The Wankhedes presented a convoluted version of events and a “false narrative” to mislead the court.

“This lawsuit is brought on the grounds of bad faith to mislead this honorable tribunal and to obtain favorable orders and, in this way, to restrict my fundamental rights and to prevent me from revealing the illegalities committed in particular by the son of the plaintiffs, Mr. Sameer Wankhede “, sworn.

Malik alleged that Wankhede led a “double life” as a Muslim and a Hindu. “He illegally obtained his job in the listed caste category” (“SC”), thus depriving a genuine SC candidate of the opportunity for employment and livelihood by suppressing that he was born a Muslim “, adds he does.

The Minister claims that realizing the allegations to be true, Sameer Wankhede did not file any proceedings on his own and filed this complaint to institute a defamation angle.

Documents cited by to show Sameer Wankhede was born Muslim, in Dawood Wankhede

  1. Wankhede’s birth report signed by his mother showing that he is a Muslim and could not be a person under the SC category, and the father’s name is Dawood Wankhede.
  2. Letter from BMC from November 2021 stating that Wankhede was a Muslim by birth and that in 1993 his father said he was Dnyandeo and not Dawood. However, no changes were made to Sameer Wankhede’s religion in the birth certificate.
  3. The birth certificate of Sameer Wankhede’s sister – Yasmeen – also shows that she was born a Muslim.
  4. Yasmeen graduation certificate showing Muslim.
  5. Sameer Wankhede’s first wedding invitation card, which mentions his name as Sameer Dawood Wankhede.
  6. BCN Officer’s High School Leaving Certificate dated July 12, 1986 issued by St Pauls, Admission Form for St Josephs Wadala High School, where the father’s name is mentioned as Dawood and the Muslim religion.

Finally, Malik says he has received information on at least 26 cases where raids were carried out under Sameer Wankhede. “In some cases no drugs were seized and despite this, the BCN alleged that certain drugs had been seized. In addition, the quantities of drugs seized were dishonestly inflated in other cases.”

Malik also accused Wankhede of getting a liquor license at 17 instead of the 21-year minimum requirement. Coincidentally, says Malik, Sameer’s father worked in the excise department at the time.

“The license was issued in favor of Mr. Sameer Wankhede without noticing his age, which shows a flagrant and deliberate error on the part of the excise service in issuing said license. On the basis of such license obtained illegally , Sameer Wankhede sold alcohol in a restaurant and bar run by him. “