Former MP Ghufran Azam, who was recently expelled from the Congress party, filed a defamation suit against the party's chief spokesperson in state KK Mishra and media in-charge PK Pathak on Monday. The case was filed in the court of chief judicial magistrate Pankaj Maheshwari. The hearing in the case will take place on November 15.
Earlier, Ghufran Azam said the state Congress leaders expelled him from the party by issuing a press release to media, which violates the party's constitution.
"I was an AICC (All India Congress Committee) member and the state unit had no right to expel me. Only AICC president could take action against me," said Azam, while talking to media persons.
"If there was any complaint of indiscipline against me, the party should have asked me. I was not given any notice or called for explanation," he added. "My prestige has been affected due to this unilateral decision, which is illegal and against the Congress party's constitution," he said.
Ghufran Azam had been criticising the party leadership, especially Rahul Gandhi lately. Subsequently, the action was taken. Today again, Azam said the party was being run in an autocratic manner.
"The office-bearers shouldn't be nominated in the party, rather, elections should be held and the party should be run properly," he said. Azam said that most of the leaders in Congress were acting like bonded labourers and not speaking up.