Punjab revenue and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday filed a defamation suit against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh, who had accused him of running drug racket in the state.
The minister filed the criminal suit under Sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the court of judicial magistrate Bikramjit Singh through his lawyer Bharat Bir Singh Sobti. The next hearing is on Friday (January 15). Talking to the media, Majithia said Sanjay Singh had called him a drug lord without evidence, which was derogatory.
During the Jor Mela political conference at Fatehgarh Sahib, the AAP in-charge of state affairs had also said that if his party came to power, it would put Majithia behind bars. In court, Majithia’s lawyer will produce the December 28 newspaper clippings carrying Sanjay’s statement. “Not I but Sanjay Singh now will go to jail,” said Majithia, adding: “On what basis has he called me a drug lord?”
“Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders are involved in mudslinging. I will ensure that this AAP leader (Sanjay Singh), parachuted in Punjab from Uttar Pradesh, gets punished,” the minister said, adding that court and investigators had given him clean chit in the Jagdish Bhola drug case.
Will say it a thousand times: AAP leader
Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh on Tuesday said that he was unfazed by the defamation suit filed against him by Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia.
“I will repeat what I have said about Majithia a thousand times. If I come from Uttar Pradesh, how does it matter to him?” Sanjay Singh said in a written statement issued here.
“Majithia might consider himself very powerful but he cannot suppress my voice with a defamation suit. Drug trade in the state flourished in the past almost nine years of the Akali rule,” stated Sanjay Singh.
He said Majithia, who had now alleged defamation, was the same man who had used foul language in the state assembly. “How can a man who used filthy language in the august House claim that his dignity is hurt?” he added.