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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Delhi Chief Minister Files Defamation Suit in the High Court


A defamation suit filed by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit against state BJP president Vijender Gupta in the Delhi High Court is likely to be heard in May this year. 


The chief minister filed the suit recently against Gupta for allegedly defaming her reputation by erecting hoardings across the city accusing her government of corruption in fixing of new power tariff and conniving with the private discoms. 

Dikshit has demanded a token Re 1 as damages in her suit before the court of Justice V K Jain. She has alleged that the BJP under Gupta's leadership erected hoardings in June 2010, which said her government had "openly looted thousands of crores of rupees". On Tuesday, the case came up before Justice Jain over the matter of "condonation of delay". 

The suit says Gupta got hoardings put up, accusing the Delhi Congress government of misrepresenting facts before the people of Delhi on power tariff. The advertisements also claimed that the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) was going to recommend reduction in power tariff, but the "chief minister came in the way". 

Dikshit moved court after Gupta refused to tender a "public apology for the slander" as demanded by her. Gupta had maintained that he would reply in court and is now appearing through his counsel, senior advocate Aman Lekhi. 

As per the allegations, the hoardings were erected at Pusa Road, Karol Bagh, Shankar Road, Hari Nagar, Jhandewalan, Delhi Gate, Rani Jhansi Road, Najafgarh Road, Rajendra Nagar Road, New Rohtak Road, Filmistan and Subzi Mandi.

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