Order on CM’s defamation case against city BJP chief on June 4https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/order-on-cms-defamation-case-against-city-bjp-chief-on-june-4/

Order on CM’s defamation case against city BJP chief on June 4

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A Delhi court will pronounce on June 4 its order on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s plea for summoning Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta to face prosecution for allegedly defaming her before the recent municipal polls.

Metropolitan Magistrate Saumya Chauhan reserved the orders after Dikshit’s counsel pleaded that summoning Gupta was necessary to establish the defamation case. Advocate Mehmood Paracha,appearing for Dikshit,said the summons need to be issued against the BJP leader to ascertain that Gupta’s defamatory remarks before the polls were intended to gain political mileage by maligning the image of the Chief Minister.

Dikshit had on Wednesday appeared in court to record her statement before the magistrate.

“The statements (of Gupta) were malafide and made with conspiracy to take political mileage by defaming her (Dikshit),” the advocate said. Referring to the Model Code of Conduct,enforced by the Election Commission ahead of the municipal polls,Paracha said,“Criticism should be fair and becoming of the person like the accused (Gupta),who is a senior leader of the BJP.”

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The Chief Minister had filed the criminal defamation case alleging that the BJP leader used “uncivilised” language. She had also filed a civil suit in the Delhi High Court against Gupta for erecting hoardings across the city,accusing her government of conniving with private discoms and indulging in corruption in determining power tariff.

The Chief Minister said she had sent legal notices to Gupta after the civic polls but the BJP leader did not apologise for his remarks,rather he stood by his remarks. Gupta had earlier filed an application seeking dismissal of the case.