Egg on the face as Ba­pat with­draws defama­tion case

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Food and Civil Sup­plies Min­is­ter Girish Ba­pat suf­fered an em­bar­rass­ment re­cently when he with­drew the crim­i­nal defama­tion suit against NCP spokesper­son Nawab Ma­lik with­out as­sign­ing any rea­son.

In De­cem­ber 2015, when the state was fac­ing short­age of tur dal, Ma­lik had blamed Ba­pat say­ing he was in­volved in the Rs 2,000-crore tur dal scam.

Ma­lik’s con­tention was that de­spite spe­cific ob­ser­va­tions of the de­part­ment’s se­nior bu­reau­crats, Ba­pat had lifted the stock limit on food grains fol­low­ing which the prices of tur dal sky­rock­eted to over Rs 150 per kg. It was then al­leged that a pol­icy de­ci­sion on di­lut­ing the stock limit had di­rectly ben­e­fited traders from Ma­ha­rash­tra and neigh­bour­ing states. ges, they ini­ti­ate crim­i­nal and civil defama­tion pro­ceed­ings, but do not take lit­i­ga­tion to its log­i­cal con­clu­sion as they are scared of fac­ing cross-ex­am­i­na­tion in court. As for Ma­lik, he says Ba­pat’s move has only given cre­dence to his al­le­ga­tions.

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