Abhishek Banerjee, Member of Parliament from the Trinamool Congress filed a defamation case against Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The case has been moved to the Metropolitan Magistrate Court over jurisdiction concerns.
Court Issues Summon Notice To Wrong Address
As per the latest reports, the court had issued a summon to the Home Minister Amit Shah. He was asked to attend the court session either personally or via a counsel. However, Shah’s lawyer Brajesh Jha reported to the court that they had sent the notice to the wrong address.
Abhishek Banerjee’s lawyer, Sanjay Basu said that had two addresses that were submitted to the court. One address was of Delhi and one of Ahmedabad. However, the address earlier provided was of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s office in Kolkata.
Following the confusion with the address of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the special court ruled that the case shall be transferred to the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Kolkata. This is because the summon notice was provided at the Kolkata address and is beyond either of the MP/MLA’s jurisdictions.
Abhishek Banerjee is the nephew of the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Youth Congress Chief of Trinamool. He filed a defamation case against the Union Home Minister Amit Shah. He claimed that Shah had made “slanderous statements” against him publicly on August 11, 2018. Two days later, he had sent a legal notice to Shah seeking an apology for his statements.
Banerjee’s lawyer, Sanjay Basu alleged that Shah’s comments had seriously harmed his client’s (Abhishek Banerjee) reputation in public. In Shah’s comments, he alleged that Syndicate and their nephew were corrupt and Mamata Banerjee has been playing with a series of corruption. Shah further said that PM Narendra Modi had sent Rs 3,59,000 crore for the villages in West Bengal but none of them received it. He claimed that the money was “gifted” to syndicate and the nephew.