Supreme Court Issues notice to Smriti Irani on plea by Sanjay Nirupam in Defamation Case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Union Minister Smriti Irani in connection with a plea filed by Congress Maharashtra Leader Sanjay Nirupam seeking quashing of a defamation case filed by Union Minister against her. Congress leader moved to Top Court after Delhi High Court in December last year refused to give any relief to him in a cross defamation case.

The Top Court Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi agreed to examine plea by Nirupam and has sought a response from Bharatiya Janata Party Leader.

It should be noted that Delhi HC set aside the summons issued against Union Minister by the trial court. However, the Delhi HC granted relief to Smriti Irani but granted no relief to Nirupam and said that case against him will continue.

The Delhi High Court Judge RK Gauba passed two separate orders in December last. One for Smriti Irani putting aside summons issued to Irani while other for Nirupam stating case against him will continue.

He moved to Delhi HC seeking to quash summons and charges against him framed by the lower court.

Smriti Irani earlier lodged a formal complaint against the Congress Leader for allegedly making remarks that defamed her. The whole incident was from a TV News Channel Debate. Taking cognizance of the complaint, the magistrate court has framed Charges against Former Congress Mumbai Chief and issued a summon.

He has been charged with Sections 500 of defamation and 509 for uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman of the Indian Penal Code.

While Sanjay Nirupam filed a counter-complaint alleging Smriti Irani of making derogatory remarks against him in the same TV Show Debate.

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