A city court on Wednesday reserved its order on the framing of charges against BJP leader Vijender Gupta in a criminal defamation case filed by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Dikshit had filed the case alleging that the BJP leader used uncivilised language against her in the run up to the MCD polls last year.
Dikshit arrived in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal in the afternoon,but the matter was taken up for hearing only after Gupta also appeared.
The court had initially told Dikshits counsel that she could leave after marking her presence in the court,but the decision was opposed by Guptas counsel who said the Chief Minister should wait and the magistrate should take up the matter according to the sequence.
During the arguments,Dikshits counsel Mehmood Pracha said Guptas claim that the statement against Dikshit was not made by him,was completely false.
If they claim that the statement was falsely reported by the media,why did they not deny making the statement earlier? Pracha said.
Guptas counsel Ajay Burman argued that Dikshit had not produced any concrete evidence,other than newspaper reports,which are inadmissible.
News reports cannot be taken as evidence by the court unless the reporter or publisher is examined to authenticate the story. No such person has been called as witness, advocate Burman said.
He argued that the present case was filed against Gupta to harass him as he has been fighting for rights of the citizens.
The court reserved its order on whether charges are to be framed against Gupta,after hearing arguments from the counsels for Dikshit and Gupta
Come on July 1 for an order or for clarification,if needed, said the magistrate. Dikshit had appeared in court to record her statement before court on May 30 last year.