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Court summons BJP MP in defamation case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A court has summoned and BJD MP Misra on March 5 in connection with a criminal complaint filed by another for allegedly making objectionable remarks against him in an interview last year.

passed the order after examining the complainant as a part of pre summoning evidence.

In his complaint, Siddhartha Singh has sought Misra's prosecution under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code for alleged defamatory remarks against him in an interview to a newspaper in August last year.

He said the remarks made by Misra "diminished his public image and severally affected his professional life".

The court said, "Let fresh summons be issued to the accused to face trial on March 5."

In his complaint, Singh claimed that Misra made the remarks after he had filed a complaint before the of against him over "unprofessional" conduct for representing discoms before the

He submitted that Misra was the set up in relation to violation of management rules by the discom companies and the committee submitted a report claiming that power companies were at fault and had violated management rules.

The committee report had recommended punitive actions against those companies, the complaint said.

However, Misra started representing the same power companies before the NGT against whom the report had recommended punitive actions, it claimed.

Singh had filed a petition before the NGT on behalf of a resident against power companies in relation to alleged violation of management rules, whereas Misra started appearing as to defend the discom companies.

Singh, thereafter, filed the complaint before the of Delhi accusing Misra of "severe misconduct", following which the alleged defamatory remarks were made, the complaint said.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 20:15 IST