Shiv Sena minister files Rs 25 crore defamation petition against Sanjay Nirupam

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Shiv Sena minister files Rs 25 crore defamation petition against Sanjay Nirupam

Shiv Sena leader Ravidnra Waikar has filed a defamation suit worth Rs 25 crore against Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam.

Minister of State for Housing in Maharashtra and Shiv Sena leader Ravindra Waikar has filed a defamation case against Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam.

The defamation suit worth Rs 25 crore was filed earlier this week and will be heard in time.

In June this year, Nirupam had accused Waikar of usurping 20 acres of prime land in the green zone of Aarey in Goregaon area of Mumbai from where Waikar has been elected as the member of legislative assembly since 2009.

Nirupam had also alleged that Waikar had went ahead with illegal construction in the form of a gymnasium located adjacent to the grabbed land and is running the facility through his private unregistered trust.

Nirupam had asked for an FIR to be registered and had even written to the Lokayukt.

Waikar now claims in his petition that he had won the case before and had even given time to Nirupam to apologise. However, since there were no apologies made, he has now gone ahead and filed the defamation suit.

Nirupam alleges that Lokayukt never gave a clean chit to Waikar.

"If someone has stolen something and then returns it, does it mean that there cannot be a case registered against him? However Lokayukt did not agree with this contention of ours and so we have decided to go to Bombay High Court against that order of Lokayukt. Our petition is also ready but the Lokayukt is not giving us a certified copy so we are held up," Nirupam said.

Nirupam will also be filing a reply to the defamation petition filed by Waikar when the case comes up for hearing.