On Thursday, the wife of BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis Amruta Fadnavis sent a legal opinion to Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik, asking for an apology for trying to link her to a suspected drug trafficker by tweeting some photos. Malik, the chief spokesperson for the NCP, is expected to issue an unconditional apology within 48 hours and delete his “ slanderous tweets, ” according to the notice.
If he did not do so, she will sue him under section 499 (libel) of the Indian Penal Code and will also bring a civil action for damages, he added.
The notice, sent by Parinam Law Associates, claimed that Malik had tarnished the image of Amruta Fadnavis and her family.
The intention was to “portray and suggest that our client has connections to drug traffickers, specifically one … with whom our client’s images are shared in said defamatory tweets,” reads the notice.
The NCP leader also held a press conference and lifted “false and baseless allegations” as he wanted to earn “cheap political mileage” and distract public attention “from the maladministration and the failure of the government in power (in Maharashtra) and the measures taken by the central agencies against the drug threat, ” according to the notice.
The images Malik tweeted was clicked on during a river conservation event in Mumbai four years ago by a group called “River March,” he said.
The alleged drug dealer seen in the photos with Amruta had been hired by River March, and she and her family had no connection with him, according to the advisory.
On Wednesday, Malik accused Devendra Fadnavis of sweeping under the rug a case of seized counterfeit banknotes and of appointing people with criminal backgrounds to boards of directors while the latter was chief minister of Maharashtra.
The BJP chief previously alleged that Malik’s family had a questionable land deal with two convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial explosions case.
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