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BJP’s Kapil Mishra tenders unconditional apology, court closes defamation case

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A court in Delhi has put an end to a criminal defamation case against BJP leader Kapil Mishra. The Delhi court closed the case after Kapil Mishra tendered an unconditional apology to Delhi’s health minister Satyendar Jain.

Notably, Satyendar Jain had filed a defamation complaint against Kapil Mishra in 2017. The defamation complaint was filed for Mishra’s alleged defamatory statements against Satyendar Jain and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

What had Kapil Mishra said?

As per the case details, Kapil Mishra, in a press conference held in 2017, had accused Satyendar Jain of handing over a bribe of Rs 2 crore to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Mishra had also claimed that Satyendar Jain “settled a land deal worth Rs 50 crore of Kejriwal’s relative”.

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The BJP leader went on to claim on social media that Satyendar Jain would go to jail in a few days.

Kapil Mishra tenders unconditional apology

The case was closed on Wednesday after the BJP leader agreed to tender an unconditional apology before additional chief metropolitan magistrate Vishal Pahuja.

“It is submitted by the accused (Kapil Mishra) that he is ready to make a statement before the court tendering unconditional apology. Complainant (Satyendar Jain) also submitted that in case the accused gives his statement before the court, he shall withdraw the present complaint,” the court recorded.

After recording the statement of Kapil Mishra, as well as Satyendar Jain, the court disposed of the defamation complaint as withdrawn.

Kapil Mishra’s political history

Kapil Mishra, who won the Delhi Assembly election from Karawal Nagar in 2015, was inducted as a water resource minister by the AAP government. He, however, was removed from the position due to corruption charges. Miffed with the same, he had accused Arvind Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain of corruption—charges he could not prove.

He was eventually disqualified as a member of the Delhi Assembly and after that, he joined the BJP.

 

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