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Delhi court summons BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa in defamation case filed by Satyendar Jain

In the previous hearing, the court had issued summons to former water minister Kapil Mishra in the same defamation case. Both, Sirsa and Mishra, have been directed to appear before the court on January 20, 2018.

delhi Updated: Nov 22, 2017 14:04 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Manjinder Singh Sirsa,Satyendar Jain,Kapil Mishra
Satyendar Jain accused Manjinder Singh of defaming him on May 9 by alleging that the minister was indulging in ‘circulating huge amounts of illegitimate money within the party.’ (Sushil Kumar/HT FILE)

New Delhi: A city court on Tuesday issued summons to BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain.

In the previous hearing, the court had issued summons to former water minister Kapil Mishra in the same defamation case. Both, Sirsa and Mishra, have been directed to appear before the court on January 20, 2018.

Mishra was sacked from his minister’s portfolio by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 6. The party said that Mishra had failed to resolve Delhi’s water problem. But Mishra had claimed that his removal came on the day he had shared details of the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scandal report with the chief minister. Jain in his petition also alleged that Mishra made a baseless and defamatory statement against him before the media on May 7.

In a press conference after the sacking, Mishra had claimed that he saw Jain giving Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal. Jain accused Sirsa of defaming him on May 9 by alleging that the minister was indulging in ‘circulating huge amounts of illegitimate money within the party.’

The health minister filed two criminal defamation complaints in the court against Mishra and Sirsa on May 19. The maximum punishment, if convicted for criminal defamation is 2 years.

The health minister in his petition has said that making a statement on the basis of “hearsay” without any proof or evidence supporting it, is not only unbecoming of an MLA, but also a crime of defaming a person.

First Published: Nov 22, 2017 14:02 IST