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.
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”.