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Bailable warrant against Sukhbir in defamation case

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17

A local court today issued a bailable warrant against former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in a defamation case.

The warrant was issued after Sukhbir yet again failed to appear before a local court in the case filed by Rajinder Pal Singh, spokesperson for religious organisation Akhand Kirtani Jatha. The matter will come up for hearing on November 27.

Rajinder had filed the case in January 2017 over Sukhbir's alleged controversial statement in which he described the group as the political face of a terrorist organisation.

Sukhbir had allegedly issued the statement after Rajinder met with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal three years ago at his house. The court had earlier issued summons to Badal in the case in March but he failed to appear.

Appearing on behalf of Rajinder, advocate PIP Singh, in the complaint filed before the court, said Sukhbir's statement was baseless, slanderous, defamatory with the purpose of defaming his client and tarnishing the image of his organisation. The summons was issued after the Chandigarh Police submitted an inquiry report in the court on November 28, 2019.

The report verified the authenticity of the reports, on the basis of which Rajinder filed the criminal defamation case against Sukhbir. The court ordered the police to enquire the matter.

Statements of both Sukhbir and Rajinder were recorded. While Rajinder stood by his complaint, Sukhbir denied the allegations. Rajinder's counsel argued before the court that Sukhbir in his statement to the enquiry officer had mentioned his address in Sector 9, Chandigarh. He was well aware of the proceedings, but was deliberately evading them, he added.

Controversial statement

  • In 2017, Akhand Kirtani Jatha spokesperson Rajinder Pal Singh filed a case after Sukhbir Singh Badal described the group as political face of a terror organisation
  • In March, the court had issued summons to Sukhbir after Chandigarh Police submitted an inquiry report on Nov 28, 2019. He, however, failed to appear

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