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Nawab Malik breached undertaking to not comment about NCB officer, his family, says Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday said that Nationalist Congress Party leader Nawab Malik had “willfully breached” an undertaking to not comment about Narcotics Control Bureau officer Sameer Wankhede and his family, Live Law reported.

The court asked Malik to explain why action should not be taken against him for the breach. Malik was asked to file an affidavit by Friday.

Senior counsel Birendra Saraf had sought an urgent hearing of the matter, PTI reported. He claimed before the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that despite the undertaking, Malik had made defamatory comments about the NCB officer and his family in an interview to a newspaper.

But Malik’s lawyer told the court that he had spoken to the newspaper as the Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson and not in his personal capacity, PTI reported.

However, the court observed that the interview was a breach of Malik’s undertaking,

“This is impinging on our order,” the High Court said, according to PTI. “He [Malik] is over-reaching our order. Before we take any action against the respondent, we direct him to file his affidavit setting out as to why action should not be taken against him for willful breach of statements/undertaking.”

The Maharashtra minister had made several accusations of misconduct against Wankhede, who led the investigation into a drugs case…

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