Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary Dr Kirit Somaiya has dragged senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh to court alleging that the latter publicly humiliated him.
Somaiya has filed a defamation suit with the metropolitan magistrates court on Monday seeking prosecution of Singh.
Additional chief metropolitan magistrate VD Jadhavar has accepted the complaint and is scheduled to hear the case on January 3, 2011.
According to Somaiya’s compliant, Singh allegedly made derogatory statements in press against him on November 15.
Immediately on November 16, Somaiya had sent a legal notice to Singh demanding an unconditional apology. However, as Singh failed to respond to the notice, Somaiya approached the court on Monday.
Somaiya’s complaint states that Singh’s statements are baseless and had caused him public humiliation.
He has sought action against Singh under section 500 of the Indian Penal Code that states that the punishment for defamation is simple imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.
“The allegations are absolutely baseless and has caused considerable duress,” argued his advocate Dinanath Tiwari.
Somaiya said: “These statements were made to damage my reputation.”