Nitin Gadkari, National President of the Baratiya Janta Party, has filed a defamation case against Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari for allegedly accusing Gadkari of holding a benami flat in the scam tainted Adarsh Housing Society.
Gadkari in his complaint alleged that Tiwari had told reporters, “Ajay Sancheti whose only claim to the membership of the BJP national executive is his proximity to Gadkari, has a benami flat in Adarsh Housing Society in the name of his driver”.
“(Tiwari) has uttered defamatory falsehoods against (Gadkari) maliciously and recklessly knowing the same to be false”, said Gadkari in his complaint. Further Gadkari said that he neither owns nor has any interest in any flat in Adarsh society.
In the complaint, filed before the Esplanade metropolitan magistrate court, Gadkari has said that Tiwari should be tried and punished under section 499 (Defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of Indian Penal Code.