SC issues notice to Smriti Irani on Sanjay Nirupam's plea


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Union Textile minister Smriti Irani on a plea filed by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam seeking quashing of a criminal defamation complaint against him.

On Monday, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued the notice to Irani on two appeals filed by the Congress leader.

The top court decision comes after Nirupam’s appeal against Delhi High Court’s order. On December 20, 2018, it had refused to quash summons issued against him.

Earlier, Smriti Irani had filed a complaint against him for allegedly defaming her during debate on a private television news channel.

In her complaint, she had stated the Congress leader has questioned her credential to analyse poll results and given her background as a television actress.

Based on this the court had framed charged against Nirupam for using derogatory and indecent language against union minister.

The court had put Nirupam on trial under sections 500 (defamation) and 509 (Uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of women) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam also filed the defamation case against Smriti Irani and stated that she had made a defamatory statement against him too.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had quashed the summons issued against Irani in a defamation complaint filed against her by Nirupam.

However, the court had dismissed a similar plea of Nirupam seeking to set aside the summons issued against him and had said the case against Nirupam will continue.

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