A Delhi court on Wednesday fixed November 22 for hearing a criminal defamation complaint filed against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler by a senior lawyer representing the victims in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.
The case was listed for November 22 as additional chief metropolitan magistrate Gaurav Rao had gone for an inspection of Tihar Jail.
During the earlier hearing, Tytler had told the court that he was ready to tender an “unconditional apology” to senior advocate HS Phoolka, the complainant in the case, to settle the matter as no public interest was involved in the complaint filed by an individual.
Phoolka, however, had refused to accept Tytler’s offer, saying that “any compromise” in a serious matter like this would send a wrong message to the people.
The court had earlier asked Phoolka to bring on record the aired interview, in which Tytler had allegedly defamed Phoolka, in the form of VCD/DVD so that it could go through the same to ascertain the facts.
“It has transpired that part of the allegations are oral testimony and part are in the form of transcripts in electronic video cassette... I have to go through the cassette and verify the transcripts,” the additional chief metropolitan magistrate had said.
Phoolka, who has filed the defamation complaint against Tytler, had alleged that the Congress leader had passed derogatory remarks about him in a news programme aired on September 7, 2004.
Phoolka, in his complaint filed in 2006, had alleged that Tytler had levelled false and derogatory allegations against him to harm his reputation in society.
His counsel had earlier told the court that Tytler should also be prosecuted for the offence of criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The case against Tytler was filed in a Ludhiana court. Later, it was transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court on Tytler’s plea.