Ex-city BJP chief to face trial for defaming Sheila
A local court on Monday ordered framing of charges against BJP leader Vijender Gupta in a criminal defamation complaint lodged against him by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.Updated: Jul 02, 2013 03:24 IST
A local court on Monday ordered framing of charges against BJP leader Vijender Gupta in a criminal defamation complaint lodged against him by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal said "prima facie" an offence of defamation is made out against Gupta and fixed the matter for July 22 for formally framing charges against him.
"Even the contention of counsel for accused (Gupta) that since the editor, publisher or the reporter of the referred newspapers have not been examined, no case is made out against the proposed offender is premature.
The complainant has a liberty to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt at a stage subsequent to framing of notice in a summons triable case. In this case, prima facie offence under section 500 (punishment for defamation) IPC is made out against the accused," the court said.
The magistrate also directed Gupta, a former chief of BJP's Delhi unit, to personally appear in the court on the next date of hearing.
During Monday's hearing, the court granted exemption from personal appearance to both Dikshit and Gupta for the day.
The court had on May 15 reserved its order on whether to frame charges against Gupta when Dikshit had also appeared before it.
Dikshit had appeared in the court on May 30 last year for recording her statement, after which Gupta was summoned as an accused in the case.
Dikshit had filed the criminal defamation case against Gupta alleging that the BJP leader used "uncivilised" language against her in the run up to the MCD polls last year.