Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been summoned by a West Bengal court in connection with a criminal defamation suit filed against him by Trinamool Congress Member of Parliament, Abhishek Banerjee.
The order passed by a Special Court at Bidhan Nagar trying cases against MPs and MLAs asked Shah to appear before it on February 22 at 10 am.
“Whereas your attendance is necessary to answer to a charge of (Section) 500 of the Indian Penal Code. You are hereby required to appear in person/by pleader before the Special Judge (MP/MLA) court at Bidannagar on February 22 at 10 in the forenoon,” the Court ordered.
Banerjee, who is the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, filed the defamation complaint objecting to a speech made by Shah on August 11, 2018 at a rally organised by the BJP in Kolkata.
As per his complaint, Shah, during his speech, allegedly made various false allegations against Banerjee by making flimsy, thinly veiled references to the Bhatija (nephew) of the Chief Minister.
The following statements (English translation) were specifically objected to by Banerjee:
“Narada, Sharda, Rose valley syndicate’s corruption. Nephew’s corruption. A series of corruption has been carried out by Mamataji.”
“Residents of villages in Bengal. Has the money reached your village? Please say loudly, Has the money reached your village? Where did it go? Modiji sent it. Where did Rs 3,95,000 crore go? This has been gifted to the nephew and the syndicate.”
The allegations are devoid of any substance and bereft of any substance of truth, the complaint alleged.
“The allegations are patently untrue and are a ploy by the accused to tarnish and damage the reputation of the complainant,” the complaint said.