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Defamation case: SC dismisses MP Manoj Tiwari plea for quashing defamation case

New Delhi: On Monday, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari has got a big setback from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition of a BJP MP in the defamation case filed by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Monday, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari has got a big setback from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition of a BJP MP in the defamation case filed by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. In fact, in this case, Tiwari had challenged the order of the Delhi High Court, in which the court had refused to quash the summons order issued by the lower court.

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However, a bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and V Ramasubramaniam allowed BJP leader Vijender Gupta’s plea challenging the High Court order. The bench said, “We have dismissed the appeal of Manoj Tiwari and allowed the appeal of Vijender Gupta on the ground that the report of the Law Commission has not been properly understood.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had filed a defamation complaint after he allegedly leveled corruption allegations against BJP leaders. Sisodia had filed a complaint against BJP leaders MP Manoj Tiwari, Hans Raj Hans, Pravesh Verma, MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Vijender Gupta, Harish Khurana for allegedly leveling corruption charges against them in relation to Delhi government school classes. . .The matter was summoned by the trial court on November 28, 2019, the order of which has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

The Delhi high court refused to entertain the petitions by the BJP leaders for staying the summoning order,in December 2020. The high court said that “there exists sufficient ground to proceed” against the BJP leaders. Tiwari and Gupta moved the Supreme Court to seek setting aside of the trial court order, arguing what they said was not defamatory. They added the summoning order of the trial court was based on legally inadmissible evidence so it was illegal and contended that a prior sanction was required before prosecuting them.

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