It is a well-known fact that the INC-Communist ecosystem of politicians and their card-carrying members in the media have four main enemies other than the larger hatred for anything remotely associated with Hinduism. These enemies are: Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath and Ajit Doval. Their hatred for Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath is well understandable as it is these three political leaders who stand in their way to regain political power, over which they had exclusive dominance till 2014. But they harbour an equal amount of hatred for the National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval as his professionalism and efficiency stands in the way of the jihadi bomb blasts which was a regular feature for the past 30 odd years in various cities of India like Mumbai, Pune, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Delhi, Ahmedabad etc. Ajit Doval is successful in not only securing our cities from the routine terrorist blasts but also strategizing and planning the path breaking military surgical strikes at Uri, PoK on 29 September 2016 and the Balakot Air Strikes in Pakistan on 26 February 2019. Other than the physical national security, Ajit Doval has also been instrumental in unearthing the huge stash of illegal money parked by the political big-wigs of the UPA and their fellow travellers in media and corporate world in tax-haven countries like Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Cayman Islands etc. So, the ecosystem is hell-bent on removing Ajit Doval from the post of  NSA.

Overpowered by their hatred for Ajit Doval, in January 2019 the communist rag, The Caravan, which is infamous for producing fiction under the garb of investigative journalism, published a scandalous story on Vivek Doval, Ajit Doval’s son, accusing him of money laundering in Cayman Islands as an investment management professional. Veteran Congress leader, Jairam Ramesh on 17 Jan 2019, instead of verifying the story through independent sources held a press conference based on the article written by Kaushal Shroff titled, “The D Companies” in The Caravan. Vivek Doval exercised his right to reputation and promptly filed a criminal defamation petition against The Caravan, the article’s author Kaushal Shroff and Jairam Ramesh. Jairam Ramesh was granted bail on the matter by a Delhi Court in May 2019.

Jairam Ramesh realised that his folly of making unfounded allegations in eagerness to influence the 2019 General Elections, would soon land him up with a conviction in the defamation case. Therefore, Jairam Ramesh issued an unconditional apology to Vivek Doval on 19.12.2020 consequent to which the defamation case against him was closed as Vivek Doval accepted his apology. Although, defamation cases against The Caravan and Kaushal Shroff would continue. In his apology Jairam Ramesh said, “I gave the statement against Vivek Doval and made several allegations in heat of the moment as it was the time of elections. I must verify it”. He also said in his apology that these statements were made based on the article published on the previous day in The Caravan and as the case progressed, he ‘realised that perhaps some independent verification may have been in order’. He added, that “However the General Elections were close and the questions raised in the article seemed appropriate for being highlighted in making certain insinuations against you and your family.”

Jairam Ramesh also urged the INC to remove the press conference available on their website. The moral of the story for politicians like Jairam Ramesh and Arvind Kejriwal, who a year back offered unconditional apology to the late Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari in  criminal defamation cases against him for making allegations of corruption, seems to be to make wild accusations in haste and repent at leisure for the greed of political gains.        

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