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Gujarat HC issues notice to Singhvi in Reliance Anil Ambani Group defamation suit

The Gujarat High Court issued the notice to Congress’ Abhishek Singhvi for “false, defamatory and libelous statements” against Reliance (Anil Ambani Group), Adani and Essar.

business Updated: Dec 18, 2017 15:02 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Ahmedabad
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Abhishek Singhvi had accused finance minister Arun Jaitley of ‘fooling’ people.meda(Hindustan Times)

The Gujarat High Court issued a notice to Congress party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi on Monday in the Rs 5,000 crore defamation suit filed against him by the Reliance Anil Ambani group.

The notice was issued by Justice Paresh Upadhyay after hearing the petitioners and the next hearing has been scheduled for December 26.

The defamation suit, filed on December 15, had accused Singhvi of making “false, defamatory and libelous statements”.

Reliance Anil Ambani group filed a Rs 5,000 crore defamation suit against Abhishek Singhvi. (REUTERS)

Singhvi had, on November 30, attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, for “fooling” people by claiming the government had not waived loans of big defaulters.

Alleging that the Centre had written off Rs 1.88 lakh crore debt of wilful defaulters, he had said: “We all know that top 50 corporates owe Rs 8.35 lakh crore to banks and out of those, three top Gujarat-based companies -- Reliance (Anil Ambani Group), Adani and Essar -- owe Rs 3 lakh crore.”

He had contended that Jaitley, instead of declaring these liabilities as NPAs, was “trying to help the defaulter with further defence contracts like the Rafale deal”.

A Reliance Defence statement had clarified earlier that the joint venture between Reliance Aerostructure Ltd and Dassault Aviation was a bilateral agreement between two private companies -- and had nothing to do with the government.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 15:02 IST