BY- SAFEEYA SABEER
In a defamation lawsuit filed by Delhi Cabinet Minister and AAP leader Kailash Gahlot over the acquisition of 1,000 low-floor buses by the Delhi Transport Corporation, a Delhi court summoned BJP MLA Vijender Gupta on Monday.
After agreeing that Gupta’s oral submissions, the documents he relied on to substantiate the defamation allegations, and the deposition of his witnesses “prima facie committed the offense under sections 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment for defamation), and 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory) of the IPC,” Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey summoned him.
Gahlot said in his lawsuit that Gupta defamed him and damaged his character “intentionally and for malafide purposes” in order to get political mileage. Gupta made “defamatory, scandalous, malicious, false, and scurrilous claims” verbally and in writing, according to his lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, Gupta used Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts to make “reckless, baseless, malicious, scandalous, malafide, mischievous, slanderous, spiteful, and defamatory” remarks and other materials against Gahlot.
According to the complaint, the defendants concocted “vilifying and scandalous” charges in order to stymie the “ambitious initiative of the Delhi Government to provide substantial assistance to the citizens of Delhi.”
“The accused made scurrilous, unfounded, and false charges about the complainant with the goal of teaching the people of Delhi a lesson for voting in support of the Aam Aadmi Party,” according to the plea.
Despite a clean record from a high-powered committee, Gupta allegedly continued to tweet doubts about the minister’s integrity in regard to the acquisition of the low-floor buses.
According to the report, the Delhi government issued a bus offer, which was won by Tata after the appropriate process, but all sorts of accusations were leveled against the company.
Gupta faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison if convicted.