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Court issues summons to Gadkari in case filed by Dehsmukh

A magistrate’s court in Mumbai issued summons to BJP state president Nitin Gadkari in a criminal defamation case filed by former Maharashtra CM and Congress leader Vilasrao Deshmukh.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2009 16:34 IST
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A magistrate’s court in Mumbai on Saturday issued summons to BJP state president Nitin Gadkari in a criminal defamation case filed by former Maharashtra chief minister and Congress leader Vilasrao Deshmukh.

“Gadkari will have to appear personally in 29th metropolitan magistrate’s court on June 6, the next date of hearing,” said advocate Pradip Patil, representing Deshmukh.

Gadkari on December 18 had alleged in a press conference at Nagpur that during Deshmukh’s term as chief minister, regular process was bypassed in awarding tenders for Sion-Panvel highway expansion project to Indiabulls last year.

Deshmukh’s son Amit, and Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s son had stake in this company, Gadkari had alleged.

The decision to award the tender was not put before the cabinet, Gadkari had claimed.

In the criminal case filed before Magistrate’s court, Deshmukh has refuted all the allegations saying that neither his nor Patel’s son had any interest in Indiabulls and the procedure regarding the contract had been approved by the cabinet in October 2006.