A Delhi court on Tuesday framed criminal defamation charges against former Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta on a complaint filed by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
“...charge under section 500 IPC (defamation) is framed against the accused (Gupta)to which he pleads not guilty and claims trial,” Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal said. The court told Diskhit to appear on October 28 to record her evidence against Gupta.
The order came on a complaint filed by Diskhit against Gupta. She alleging that the BJP leader had used “uncivilised” language against her in the run-up to the municipal polls last year, while accusing her of conniving with power companies.
The court had on July 1 found that prima facie, an offence of defamation was made out against Gupta.
On Tuesday, Gupta pleaded not guilty to the charge: “I am feeling humiliated. If you (court) go through the interview, nowhere have I used any defamatory word against the chief minister. If I am guilty, put me in jail right away.”
Diskhit’s counsel moved an exemption application, which was opposed by Gupta’s counsel Ajay Burman. He said the date of hearing was already in her knowledge and there was no ground for her to seek exemption.
“I am being harassed as the chief minister gets exemption whenever she wants without citing proper reasons, while I have to give minor details for seeking an exemption,” Gupta said.
The BJP leader said when he seeks exemption from appearance, he is acted against while the CM is allowed exemption.
To this, the court assured him that action would be taken against Dikshit if she failed to appear on the next date of hearing. “Whenever the court requires the attendance of either the accused or the complainant, they will have to come before it. The court does not favour anyone,” the judge said.