Digvijay Singh summoned in defamation case by Nitin Gadkari

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Nitin Gadkari and Digvijay Singh
New Delhi, Nov 17: The Delhi High Court has issued summons to Congress leader Digvijay Singh in a criminal defamation case filed by BJP President Nitin Gadkari. The High Court has asked Singh to appear before it on December 21 in the defamation case.

Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Sudesh Kumar had on October 16 reserved his order on Gadkari's complaint after recording the statements of two witnesses.

The court had recorded the statement of Gadkari and BJP National Secretary Bhupinder Yadav, also a Rajya Sabha MP. Gadkari has filed the criminal defamation case against Singh, who has accused him of having business links with his party MP Ajay Sancheti who allegedly pocketed a huge sum in coal block allocation.

Gadkari, in his statement recorded in the court, had denied having any business ties with Sancheti and had said that Singh had levelled "totally false and defamatory" allegations against him to "give the impression that I have been responsible for allocation of coal mines" to Sancheti.

In his petition, filed through advocate Ajay Digpaul, Gadkari has sought Singh's prosecution under sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.

In his complaint, Gadkari had said that the Congress-led UPA government is facing a lot of heat on account of its irregularities as brought out by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in coal blocks allocation and accused Singh of making baseless allegations against him to divert attention from the issue.


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