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PIL in HC seeks to restrain Nawab Malik from commenting on drugs case, Sameer Wankhede

The plea stated that Nawab Malik's tweets and statements are only demoralising Sameer Wankhede and his team.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: October 28, 2021 3:57:13 am
NCP leader and state cabinet minister Nawab Malik (PTI Photo/File)

A city-based businessman and maulana has moved a public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court against NCP leader and state cabinet minister Nawab Malik, urging that he be restrained from commenting in any manner on the ongoing probe in the cruise ship drugs case and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officer Sameer Wankhede.

The PIL was filed on Tuesday by Andheri (East) resident Kausar Ali Sayyed through advocate Ashok Saraogi.

“In any case, if respondent Malik has any grievance against Wankhede and if Wankhede has made anything wrong, being a minister, it is always open for him to adopt appropriate legal proceedings,” the PIL stated.

The plea sought direction for restraining Malik from commenting on officers of the NCB or any other investigation agency with an intention to demoralise that agency, and also sought an interim restraining order against Malik pending hearing of the PIL.

On Wednesday morning, when the PIL was mentioned before a division bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta, the court declined request for immediate hearing. It asked the petitioner to move the vacation bench or wait until regular court resumes after the Diwali vacation.

After the counsel sought liberty to move the vacation bench, the HC refused and said, “We will not encroach upon the jurisdiction of any bench. You satisfy that bench.”

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