Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has apologised to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's son Vivek Doval in connection with a defamation suit.

Vivek has accepted Jairam Ramesh's apology for holding a press conference over The Caravan's article titled The D Companies. 

The article alleged that NSA Ajit Doval's sons ran a web of companies, including a Cayman Islands hedge fund to round-trip black money during the time of demonetization, even as their father demanded a crackdown on tax havens.

In response, Vivek had filed a criminal defamation suit against the reporter Kaushal Shroff, Caravan magazine editor Paresh Nath and Jairam Ramesh.

On Saturday, Ramesh stated before the court that he should have verified the facts before holding the press briefing.

He submitted, "I want to clarify that these statements or accusations were made drawing conclusions from an article that was published the previous day in The Caravan magazine. As the case progressed, I realised that perhaps the same independent verification may have been in order."

"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. Thus, I would like to offer my apologies to you and your family for any hurt the statements may have caused. I would also urge the INC to remove the press conference available on their website," he added.

After Vivek accepted Jairam Ramesh's apology, a Delhi Court closed the criminal defamation proceedings against the Congress leader. However, proceedings against The Caravan and journalist Kaushal Shroff will continue.