After Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee filed a defamation case against Union home minister Amit Shah, an MP/MLA court in West Bengal on Friday issued summons to Shah.
Notably, the court has directed Amit Shah to remain present before it on February 22 either personally or through a lawyer. The court at Bidhannagar has directed the BJP leader to remain present at 10 am on February 22.
Case pertains to 2018
The court has said that the presence of Shah either personally or through a lawyer is required to respond to the allegations of defamation leveled by Abhishek Banerjee under section 500 of the Indian Penal Code. Banerjee’s counsel Sanjay Basu alleged that Amit Shah had made certain defamatory statements against the Trinamool Congress MP on August 11, 2018, at a rally at Kolkata’s Mayo Road.
During the BJP’s ‘Yuva Swabhiman Samavesh Rally’ on August 11, 2018, Shah had accused Abhishek Banerjee of corruption.
“… Narada, Saradha, Rose Valley, Syndicate’s Corruption, Nephew’s corruption, a series of corruption has been by Mamataji,” Amit Shah told the rally in Kolkata, according to the defamation case filed by Abhishek Banerjee.
Banerjee’s complaint also refers to another quote from Amit Shah’s speech at the rally: “The residents of the villages in Bengal, has the money reached your village? Please say loudly. Has the money reached your village? Where did it go? Where? Modiji had sent it. Where did Rs 3,59,000 crore go? This has been gifted to the nephew and the syndicate. This has been sacrificed at the altar of corruption by the Trinamool Congress.”
The Trinamool Congress MP had objected to these remarks and had filed criminal defamation against Amit Shah on August 28, 2018.
Legal notice to other BJP leaders
Last month, Abhishek Banerjee had sent a legal notice to BJP leaders Babul Supriyo, Suvendu Adhikari for making defamatory statements against him. Notably, the Trinamool Congress is engaged in a bitter battle for the crown in Bengal where Assembly elections are due in April-May.
The BJP is leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters and has often criticised the incumbent government for corruption and extortion.
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