The Delhi High Court on Wednesday quashed the criminal defamation proceedings against Union minister Smriti Irani and summons issued to her by a trial court in connection with the defamation case filed by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam.
The court held that Irani’s response “cannot be construed but as a caution to him to remain within the bounds of decency and civility”.
Justice R K Gauba, however, dismissed Nirupam’s plea challenging a trial court’s March 2013 order summoning him as an accused in a criminal defamation case filed by Irani.
The two complaints came off a TV debate held on December 20, 2012 after Gujarat Assembly election results, in which both had allegedly used “derogatory and scurrilous comments”. Irani and Nirupam both subsequently filed criminal defamation complaints against each other.
In a relief for Irani, the court found that the “manner in which the second respondent (Nirupam) has sought utterances or intervention of the petitioner (Irani) to be construed is not correct”.