Delhi court to hear Ashok Gehlot's plea against defamation case on Oct 14text_fields
New Delhi: A Special MP-MLA Court in Delhi has fixed the hearing of an application filed by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot against a defamation case filed by Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on October 14.
Judge M K Nagpal on Saturday posted the matter for arguments for October on the joint request of the advocates representing both Gehlot and Shekhawat.
The judge had earlier refused to stay the proceedings in the complaint, but allowed the CM to appear before a metropolitan magistrate through video conference.
Shekhawat, the Union 'Jal Shakti' Minister and MP from Jodhpur, has alleged in his complaint before a metropolitan magistrate court that Gehlot has been making defamatory remarks against him over the alleged Sanjivani scam and trying to tarnish his image and affect his political career.
The case is related to thousands of investors allegedly getting duped of about Rs 900 crore by the Sanjivani Credit Cooperative Society.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Harjeet Singh Jaspal had said the accused prima facie made defamatory imputations against the complainant, knowingly and intending to harm his reputation.
The judge also took note of the submission made by senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, who represented Shekhawat, that the allegations in the complaint were supported by all complainant's witnesses during their deposition.
Shekhawat has alleged in his complaint that Gehlot, by way of press conferences, media reports, and social media posts publicly defamed him.
With inputs from PTI