Two days after BJP President Amit Shah made a veiled attack on Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee indirectly accusing him of corruption, he issued a legal notice to Shah asking him to apologise within 72 hours.

Terming the allegations against him as “defamatory”, Abhishek Banerjee appealed to Shah to refrain from making or circulating any further defamatory comments against him and threatened to initiate strong legal action against the BJP leader if an apology is not issued.

During his party’s rally in Kolkata on August 11, Shah made a veiled reference to Banerjee as ‘bhatija’ (nephew) and charged him with corruption and diversion of Central funds for his personal use.

The legal notice issued by Banerjee’s counsel Sanjay Basu said Banerjee vehemently denies all allegations and imputations made by Shah. It also claimed that Shah’s thinly veiled reference to Banerjee has severely jeopardised his reputation as everybody knows him to be the nephew of Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee.

“Issue an unconditional apology in an appropriate press conference within 72 hours from receipt of instant notice retracting the virulent and mala fide statements,” the legal notice said.