Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday tendered an unconditional apology to Nitin Gadkari, days after the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari was granted bail by a Mumbai court in connection with a defamation case filed by senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.
Tewari had accused Gadkari of holding a ‘benami’ (held by proxy) flat in the controversial Adarsh Housing Society in Maharashtra.
In 2010, Gadkari had filed a defamation suit against Tewari.
Gadkari, in his complaint lodged before the Esplanade Metropolitan Court, had charged Tewari with making “false, baseless, reckless and malicious imputations” against him.
He had invoked Indian Penal Code Sections 499 and 500 in his complaint which pertain to defamation and defamatory utterances.
In November 2010, Tewari had alleged that Gadkari was also an owner of a flat ‘by proxy’ in the 31-storeyed Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in the posh Colaba area of south Mumbai.
Tewari had claimed that the flat allegedly owned by Gadkari was in the name of the driver of BJP leader and businessman Ajay Sancheti.
The Adarsh Society has been in the eye of a storm after the names of several leaders across political parties and top state bureaucrats tumbled out as members of the society.
The political leaders and bureaucrats have been under a cloud for allegedly showing favours by clearing the files of the society, situated on the edge of the Indian Navy’s base in Colaba.