MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday appeared before additional sessions judge Kashinath Singh to record his statement in the defamation case filed against Congress spokesperson KK Mishra.
In June 2014, Mishra had held a press conference in which he had leveled allegations against Chouhan and his family . Subsequently, a defamation case was filed against Mishra by government advocate Anand Tiwari on behalf of the chief minister.
Chouhan along with administrative officials, including district magistrate and additional magistrate, reached the court at 11 am. He left the court around 4 pm.
Security was tight and media not allowed inside the courtroom. Many lawyers were not given permission to enter the block where Chouhan’s statement was recorded.
After his statement, Chouhan was cross-examined by Mishra’s lawyer Ajay Gupta for over three hours. Gupta tried to ask some questions related to the Vyapam scam, but the court did not give him permission. The CD of Mishra’s press conference was played out in the court room.
Chouhan’s lawyer Anand Tiwari told HT that Gupta asked questions related to Vyapam which were not relevant to this case. “We objected to those questions and the court disallowed them. The questions were not in any way related to the defamation case and the CM didn’t answer them,” he said.
But Gupta claimed his questions were relevant to the case. “The questions related to Vyapam were completely relevant to the case but were disallowed by the court. The disallowed questions were initially not recorded by the court but were later recorded after we insisted to record them,” he said.
CM’s advocate in the case JP Dubey said Mishra claims that he had not leveled any allegations against the CM or chief minister’s office.
Dubey added it seems Mishra is making a U-turn on the allegations he had leveled during the press conference. “Morally this is not right,” he said.