A Delhi court on Saturday acquitted Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of defaming ex-JD(U) leader Sabir Ali after the latter withdrew his criminal complaint and the two politicos reached a settlement.
Ali had on September 16 sought a “written apology” from Naqvi, who was appointed the minister state for minority affairs during the November 9 shuffle of the Modi-led cabinet, for publishing derogatory comments about him on a social media platform.
Naqvi, who has been out on bail since July 9, had allegedly linked the former JD(U) leader to Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal in a post on Twitter.
Ali, in his complaint, had alleged that Naqvi had termed him as a friend of suspected terrorist Bhatkal in March and the story was circulated and telecast in India as well as abroad through social media as well as various newspapers and channels.
Metropolitan magistrate Akash Jain acquitted Naqvi after Ali’s counsel told the court that the two had reached a compromise. The judge was also told that Ali’s counsel was in the process of moving an application to withdraw his complaint against Naqvi.