Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik informed the Bombay High Court that he spoke out against Sameer Wankhede as people has the right to know how the NCB official `lied' about caste to get his job. The NCP leader further said that, he wanted people to know about the "dual life" Wankhede was living as "a Hindu and a Muslim".
"The materials published by me show the illegal manner in which Sameer Wankhede acquired his job and the illegalities committed by him during the discharge of his official duties, thus, the public has a right to know the truth related to the same," his affidavit added.
Malik's affidavit was in response to a defamation suit filed against him by Sameer Wankhede's father Dnyandev. He filed the suit in November after Malik posted a series of tweets claiming, among other things, that Sameer Wankhede was born a Muslim but submitted a false caste certificate declaring that he belonged to a scheduled caste to secure a central government job. Dnyandev denied the allegation and claimed that Malik was targeting him and his family because the minister's son-in-law had been arrested by NCB officials led by Sameer Wankhede in a drugs case.
Last month, a single HC judge rejected Dnyandev's prayer for an interim order to Malik not to make statements against the Wankhede family during the defamation suit's pendency. The suit and interim relief prayer will now be heard afresh by another judge after Christmas vacation as both the parties have agreed to a fresh hearing.
The minister also denied that he was making statements against the Wankhede family because of his son-in-law's arrest in January 2021. He had been speaking out about the NCB's illegal actions since November 2020, before the arrest and subsequent release on bail of his son-in-law, Malik said.
The minister said he started criticizing the central agency after noticing that it was going after celebrities for publicity instead of busting big drug syndicates. "Various illegalities have been committed by him (Sameer Wankhede) in raids conducted under his charge, which included high profile cases and cases involving Bollywood celebrities," the affidavit said.
"The material available also shows that Sameer Wankhede is leading a dual life, as a Muslim and a Hindu. He has illegally obtained his job under the SC category," the minister alleged.
Malik has also attached copies of Sameer Wankhede's purported birth certificate, school leaving certificate and other documents in support of his allegations.
(With PTI Inputs)