In a criminal defamation petition lodged by veteran Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis, a Mumbai Magistrate court granted notice to two lawyers on Monday, accusing that the two lawyers called a press conference and propagated a press note containing inaccurate claims against the former CM to discredit his character.
Earlier this month, the BJP leader lodged a complaint with a metropolitan magistrate, alleging that the press note provided by the two lawyers – Satish Uke and Sameer Sheikh – encompassed false and defamatory statements about him. On May 18, Fadnavis gave a recorded statement to the magistrate.
Magistrate N N Joshi sent the two lawyers with a summons on Monday, instructing them to show up in court on July 16. The press statement, which was disseminated by the two lawyers after a press conference in Mumbai in March this year, sought to link Fadnavis to the murder of an architect, Eknath Nimgadi, on September 6, 2016, in Nagpur over a piece of land.
The statement included incorrect comments and imputations, according to the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, which affected and damaged my reputation. The statement was posted on social media platforms, according to the complaint, and many innocent individuals would be misinformed and misled by such plainly false charges.
The people accused (lawyers) have shamelessly broken a law under section 499 of the IPC (defamation) by seeking to damage and affect the complainant’s character and reputation by spreading such obviously false imputations, according to the complaint. Fadnavis has requested the judge to initiate a defamation lawsuit against the lawyers.