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Thursday, 6 August 2020

Court quashes order to summon MLA

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 5

The court of Rohtak Additional District and Sessions Judge Ritu YK Bahl on Wednesday set aside an order pertaining to the summoning of Meham MLA Balraj Kundu in a criminal defamation case filed by former Haryana minister Manish Grover.

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Ashish Kumar Sharma had earlier summoned the MLA to face trial regarding an offence under Section 500 of the IPC.

"We had filed a revision petition against the summoning order. The Additional Sessions Judge allowed the revision petition and set aside the summoning orders issued by the lower court," said advocate Peeyush Gakhar, the counsel for Kundu.

Advocate Rakesh Kumar Sapra, the counsel for the former minister, said they had a strong case and would move the HC after receiving the copy of today's orders.

At a news conference convened at Rohtak on January 3, Kundu had accused Grover of indulging in rampant corruption during his tenure as minister and instigating violence during the Jat agitation for grant of reservation in February 2016.

Maintaining that the allegations levelled by the MLA were baseless and derogatory which had defamed him in public view, Grover later stated he had got a legal notice served to Kundu to withdraw his remarks.

from The Tribune

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