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Delhi HC dismisses defamation suit against Pranab, Natwar

The Delhi High Court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by K A Paul, who claims to be a peace activist, against Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and former External Minister K Natwar Singh for allegedly making derogatory remarks against him four years ago.

delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2009 00:54 IST

The Delhi High Court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by K A Paul, who claims to be a peace activist, against Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and former External Minister K Natwar Singh for allegedly making derogatory remarks against him four years ago.

Justice S Muralidhar also rejected a similar plea against Y Rajashekhar Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

The court, in its recent judgment, rejected Paul’s plea to summon Mukherjee, Singh and Reddy for making the statements against him. Justice Muralidhar also dismissed Paul’s claim of Rs 1 crore as damages.

Justice Muralidhar said the alleged incident had happened in May 2005 and Paul moved court in 2007. Besides, he failed to follow the basic procedure laid down for instituting a suit for damages.

“Section 80(1) CPC makes mandatory for a prior notice to be issued before instituting a suit against any holder of a public office in his official capacity,” the court said.

Paul claimed his organisation “Global Peace One” had convened a world peace summit in July 2005 and had invited foreign dignitaries and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.

In his petition, Paul alleged Singh, Mukherjee and Reddy had not only passed remarks against him in their capacity of public office holders but also conspired to influence Deve Gowda who later refused to participate in the summit.