Former JD(U) leader Sabir Ali on Tuesday sought before a Delhi court a “written apology” from BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, against whom he has filed a criminal defamation complaint for allegedly linking him with arrested Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal.
Ali was asked by Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain on whether he wants to proceed with his complaint against Naqvi.
“I need an apology in writing and only then I will compromise,” he told the court. However, Naqvi, who had marked his presence before the court at 10 AM, was not present when the court asked Ali for any possibility of compromise in the matter.
The matter initially came up for hearing at around 10.20 AM but at that time Ali was not present in the court due to which the case was deferred till 11.30 AM. Naqvi told the magistrate that he had to attend a meeting at 11.30 AM after which the court allowed him to leave.
When the matter again came up for hearing, Ali appeared before the court and said that he wants an apology in writing from Naqvi. The lawyers appearing for both the parties urged the court that they be given some time to discuss the issue of settling the case, if possible, after which the magistrate fixed the matter for hearing on November 15.
The court on July 9 had granted bail to Naqvi. It had earlier summoned Naqvi as accused, saying “prima facie” there was evidence and sufficient ground to proceed against him for the alleged offence of defaming Ali.
Ali, in his complaint, had alleged that Naqvi had termed him as a friend of suspected terrorist Bhatkal in March and the story was circulated and telecast in India as well as abroad through social media as well as various newspapers and channels.
The former JD(U) leader had said that after he made a statement appreciating Narendra Modi, who was then the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, in March this year, he was removed from JD(U). After having deliberations with some senior BJP members, it was decided by then BJP President Rajnath Singh that he should join them, he had said.
Ali had alleged that three-four hours after joining BJP, he started getting phone calls from his relatives, friends and media persons that Naqvi had allegedly tweeted against him on the social networking website Twitter.
BJP had on March 29 cancelled Ali’s membership after the controversy erupted following the tweet by Naqvi. Ali, in his statement before the court, had deposed that the tweet made by Naqvi on his account has tarnished and maligned his reputation in the eyes of society, causing great mental suffering to him and his family.
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