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Court rejects Mukul Roy's defamation plea against Mamata's nephew

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A today rejected a criminal complaint filed by against Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Mamata Banerjee, saying the statement referred to as defamatory were not made by the respondent.

dismissed the complaint of Roy, a former Railway Minister, who had alleged that he was defamed by Banerjee, a MP, through various means which included a legal notice and a tweet.

Roy was earlier a member of the but later joined the BJP, while is a (MP) of the

"It is clear that the statement referred to by the complainant as defamatory are actually not made by the respondent. Therefore, there is no ground to proceed against the respondent in the present case. Accordingly, the complaint is dismissed," the court said.

The court rejected Roy's contention that the legal notice sent to him by was defamatory, noting that it nowhere showed it contained defamatory terms.

"I am unable to understand how serving a legal notice can be said to be defamatory in the absence of any defamatory remarks in that legal notice," the said.

The court dismissed Roy's allegations of based on a 'tweet', saying it was not made by

It also rejected Roy's statement that he was allegedly defamed as he was called a 'traitor', saying it was clearly not made by Banerjee.

According to the complaint, the accused had sent a notice to Roy on November 13 last year, using "defamatory statement" in it by putting words in his mouth. The same was circulated to the media the same day which was widely covered.

"The accused intentionally got the aforesaid notice served at the unit office of BJP at Kolkata, so as to tarnish the image of the complainant before his newly joined party, namely BJP, and to lower the morale of his supporters and party workers," Roy's complaint, filed by Savinder Singh, said.

The notice was sent to Roy after he had reportedly made certain public remarks about and leader

The notice sent by Abhishek's claimed that on November 10, Roy in a public rally had made certain defamatory, malicious, and false statements against Banerjee.

"Roy had deliberately levied various baseless allegations which were published, broadcast and circulated by various organisations, the notice had said. had quit the and joined the BJP on November 3 last year.

The complaint also mentioned a tweet, made by a made by one of the followers of AITMC, which allegedly defamed Roy.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 17:50 IST