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CM, Khurana bury hatchet, settle case out of court

Mediation as a form of resolving legal disputes is catching on.

delhi Updated: Jun 01, 2010 00:58 IST
Harish V Nair
Harish V Nair
Hindustan Times

Mediation as a form of resolving legal disputes is catching on.

The latest legal adversaries to have thrashed out a compromise are Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former chief minister Madan Lal Khurana.

The row pertains to a defamation case filed by Dikshit in the Delhi High Court in September 2003. The CM had claimed a token Rs 101 damages from BJP leader Khurana for the “harm caused to her reputation”.

In the run up to the closely fought Assembly polls, Khurana had claimed Dikshit, in a “devious and scandalous manner”, had received Rs 15 crore from private electricity distribution companies to fight the elections.

A two-judge bench was hearing Khurana’s appeal challenging a single judge’s February 2005 order asking him to produce evidence to prove his allegations.

The judge had observed Khurana’s allegation was “per se” defamatory.

But Khurana had argued since Dikshit was the petitioner, the onus was on her to produce evidence to discharge herself from the allegations.

On Monday, the lawyer for both the leaders appeared before a two-judge bench and said the parties have reached a settlement.

Following the submission, the court directed that the suit which is pending before a single judge be withdrawn by Dikshit.

First Published: Jun 01, 2010 00:56 IST