HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The attacks came as the NCP leader brought charges of forgery against Sameers, tweeting documents on his mother’s death
  • According to Malick’s tweets, a government document claimed Zaheda Bano to be a Hindu, whereas another designated her to be a Muslim
  • The Wankhede family, however, denied any charges by Nawab against them

On Thursday, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malick launched the latest attacks on Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zonal director Sameer Wankhede, tweeting documents connected to his mother’s death. According to Malick’s tweets, Sameer’s mother’s religion was stated as Hindu in government documents, whereas, another document claimed that she was a Muslim.

Tweeting photographs connected to the death of Zaheda Bano, Malick has said, “One more forgery. Muslim for the last rites and Hindu on government documents?” According to the Maharashtra minister, Wankhede, who was a Muslim by birth, exploited his father’s earlier identity to get a government job in Scheduled Caste (SC) category. Nawab also said that Dnyandev Wankhede transformed into a Muslim prior to his marriage with Zaheda Bano.

However, Wankhede’s family has denied Nawab’s claims. The Bombay High Court on Monday declined any bars on Malick to make public comments on the Wankhede family. The HC’s decision was challenged by Sameer’s father. Since the arrest of Aryan Khan over a drug case in October, the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) leader has been hurling derogatory comments against the Wankhede family. In recent times, Sameer Wankhede’s family has taken strict action against Malick, giving the case a legal shape.

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