Smriti Irani moves Delhi High Court over defamation case summons

Nirupam, a former MP, alleged that on December 20, 2012, when Gujarat’s Assembly poll results were announced, Irani had made “defamatory and scurrilous comments” against him during a TV debate.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:July 29, 2015 1:06 am
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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday filed a plea before the Delhi High Court against summons issued to her by a trial court to appear in a defamation case filed by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam. The plea is likely to come up for hearing in court on Wednesday.

The court of a metropolitan magistrate had issued orders on June 6, summoning Irani to appear before court on September 27. Irani’s plea seeks to quash the trial and the summoning order.

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Nirupam, a former MP, alleged that on December 20, 2012, when Gujarat’s Assembly poll results were announced, Irani had made “defamatory and scurrilous comments” against him during a TV debate.

“The accused (Irani)… defamed the complainant by making direct aspersions on the character of the complainant (Mr. Nirupam),” the complaint, filed through advocate R K Handoo, says.

In the plea filed through advocates Arindam Mukherjee and Anil Soni, Irani has sought quashing of the summons on the grounds that the case is “false”.

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