Sena min to file defamation case against Nirupam

ST Correspondent
Friday, 15 September 2017

On August 19, 2016, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam had alleged that Waikar was involved in illegal construction and land grabbing. Further, he alleged that the Minister of State for Housing in the Devendra Fadnavis government had misused his office for an alleged unauthorised construction in Mumbai’s Aarey colony. Lokayukta gave Waikar a clean chit in the matter.

Mumbai: Shiv Sena minister Ravindra Waikar will file a defamation case of Rs 10 crore against Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam, over the allegations made by Nirupam about the 
Aarey land. 

On Thursday, Lokayukta ML Tahaliyani closed the investigation into a complaint of misuse of office against Waikar, ruling that no case was made out against him. 

On August 19, 2016, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam had alleged that Waikar was involved in illegal construction and land grabbing.

Further, he alleged that the Minister of State for Housing in the Devendra Fadnavis government had misused his office for an alleged unauthorised construction in Mumbai’s Aarey colony. 

Over a year later, the Lokayukta gave Waikar a clean chit in the matter on Thursday. 

Reacting to the Lokayukta’s order, Waikar said, “The truth has come out finally.” 

Waikar said that all the papers submitted by the Congress leader were not genuine. 

“He made allegations that I own land worth Rs 900 crore, which were proved baseless. It was to defame me and ruin my political career,” Waikar said. 

“Now, it has been cleared by the Lokayukta that I am not involved in any land grabbing scam. So, I will file a defamation case against Nirupam of Rs 10 crore,” Waikar added. 

Waikar said that if Nirupam did not issue a public apology, then he will file a defamation suit against him.

“Shiv Sena and late Balasaheb Thackeray gave him (Nirupam) a lot in his life, but he forgot all this. He is an ungrateful person,” Waikar said.  

Meanwhile, Nirupan said he will move to a higher authority for justice. 

“We are disappointed with the Lokayukta order, which appears to be on technical reasons. Once we receive an official copy of the verdict, we will move the High Court against the Lokayukta 
order,” Nirupam said.

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