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Delhi HC Rejects Mahua Moitra’s Defamation Relief Plea

On December 20, 2023, the high court reserved its decision on the interim application following arguments from the representatives of Moitra, Dubey, and Dehadrai.

By: Team Pardaphash  Pardaphash Group
Delhi HC Rejects Mahua Moitra’s Defamation Relief Plea

On Monday, the Delhi High Court declined the request by Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra to issue an injunction against BJP MP Nishikant Dubey and lawyer Jai Dehadrai, preventing them from disseminating any purportedly “fake and defamatory” information about her. Justice Sachin Datta announced the dismissal of Moitra’s application for interim relief.

During the proceedings in December, as the court deliberated on Moitra’s petition, it had directed Dubey and Dehadrai’s legal representatives to submit relevant excerpts from the Lok Sabha ethics committee report. This report was pivotal due to discrepancies between the parties regarding allegations of Moitra accepting cash from businessman Darshan Hiranandani as part of a “quid pro quo” arrangement.

Moitra had initiated legal action seeking a permanent injunction against Dubey and Dehadrai, as well as various media outlets, to prevent them from issuing defamatory statements aimed at tarnishing her reputation. Additionally, she requested the court to compel Dehadrai to retract a letter sent to Dubey on October 14, 2023.

In her interim application, Moitra also sought to prohibit Dubey and Dehadrai from distributing any derogatory content about her and demanded the removal of such content from social media platforms.

Dubey, represented by advocate Abhimanyu Bhandari, argued that Moitra had conceded to sharing her login credentials with Hiranandani, indicating a quid pro quo with the businessman. Dehadrai’s counsel, senior advocate Sanjoy Ghose, contended that the October 14 letter was grounded in truth, as the Lok Sabha ethics committee’s findings had confirmed the allegations against Moitra concerning illegal gratification from Hiranandani.

Moitra, through her advocate Samudra Sarangi, countered that the October 14 letter aimed to politically malign her and insisted that the accusations of a quid pro quo were unfounded.

The Krishnanagar MP faced expulsion from the TMC on December 8 due to allegations of a cash-for-query scheme. She criticized the ethics committee’s recommendation for her expulsion as significantly illegal and arbitrary.

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