A Delhi court on Monday dismissed the criminal defamation complaint filed by AAP leader Somnath Bharti’s counsel against metropolitan magistrate Niti Phutela.
Bharti’s counsel Deepak Khosla had filed a criminal defamation case against the MM, alleging that she had made defamatory observations in the court order.
The court dismissed the complaint on grounds that cognizance for the alleged offence cannot be taken without previous sanction of state government.
It further said, “The present complaint stands dismissed under Section 197 CrPC (no cognizance to prosecute judges or public servants without prior sanction).”
Bharti’s counsel had alleged that Phutela, in her order, had said that the counsel had used “unparliamentary language” and had insulted the court. ENS