Mumbai, PTI. Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik told the Bombay High Court on Thursday that he will continue to hear the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Samir Wankhede, his father or any of his family members till December 9, the next date of hearing. Will not tweet or make any public statement against He gave this assurance when the High Court asked the minister whether he had filed a complaint with the Cast Scrutiny Committee regarding his allegations against the caste of Sameer Wankhede. If they haven’t, what was their intention behind making it ‘media publicity’? The court said that it does not suit a minister.

His lawyer Carl Tamboli, appearing for Malik, made the statement before a bench of Justices SJ Kathawala and Milind Jadhav. Earlier, the bench said it wanted to pass an order restraining the minister from making public remarks against Wankhede till the next hearing. The bench said that it is clear that Malik’s tweets stemmed from malice. He said, ‘Why is the minister behaving like this? Why should they behave the way we want to know? This is nothing but malice.’

The bench was hearing an appeal filed by Gyandev Wankhede, father of Sameer Wankhede. It challenged the order of a single bench of the High Court, which had on November 22 declined to restrain him from making derogatory statements against Malik and his family. Advocate Birender Saraf, appearing for Gyandev, told a bench headed by Justice Kathawala that the single bench, in its order, had said that Malik had made allegations against Sameer Wankhede related to his religion. Saraf further said that the minister had made remarks not only against Gyandev and Sameer Wankhede, but also against other members of their family.

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