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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said that Narcotics Control Bureau’s zonal director Sameer Wankhede was a “public officer” and his actions can be examined by anyone, PTI reported.

The court was hearing a defamation suit filed by Wankhede’s father, Dhyandev Wankhede, against Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson Nawab Malik. He had claimed that Malik, through press releases, interviews and Twitter, has made “tortious and defamatory remarks” against his son.

Malik has levelled several allegations against Sameer Wankhede, who had been investigating the Mumbai drug cruise ship case, involving Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, until last week.

The court on Wednesday was responding to Dhyandev Wankhede’s counsel, Arshad Shaikh, who had said why Sameer Wankhede was not obligated to respond to Malik’s allegations, Live Law reported.

“Your son is not an individual, he is a public officer, so his actions can be examined by any member of the public,” the court said.

The court added that Wankhede needed to prove that the tweets posted by Malik – which Dhyandev Wankhede has called defamatory – are false.

The High Court also asked Malik’s counsel, Atul Damle, if his client had verified the facts before tweeting. “You [Malik] are the spokesperson for a political party,” the court said. “Show that you have verified the information.”

Dhayandev Wankhede’s counsel requested…

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