Court issues notice to 2 lawyers on Fadnavis' defamation plea

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Mumbai, May 31 (PTI) A local court on Monday issued a notice to two lawyers in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against them by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for allegedly circulating a press note containing false statements.

The BJP leader had filed the complaint before a metropolitan magistrate earlier this month claiming the press note issued by the two lawyers Satish Uke and Sameer Sheikh - contained statements against him that were false and maligned his character.

Fadnavis had recorded his statement before the magistrate on May 18.

On Monday, Magistrate N N Joshi issued a notice to the two lawyers and directed them to appear before the court on July 16.

The press note, circulated in March this year by the two lawyers after a media conference in Mumbai, had sought to link Fadnavis to the killing of an architect, Eknath Nimgadi, in Nagpur on September 6, 2016, over a plot of land.

The Leader of Opposition in the assembly, in his complaint, stated that the note contained 'false statements and imputations which harmed and lowered my reputation'.

The complaint said the note was circulated on social media platforms and many innocent people would tend to get misguided and misled by such blatantly false allegations.

The accused persons (lawyers) have brazenly committed an offence under section 499 (defamation) of the IPC by attempting to harm and by harming the character and reputation of the complainant by making such blatantly false imputations, it said.

Fadnavis has sought the court to initiate action against the lawyers for defamation. PTI SP RSY RSY

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