Amit Shah summoned by special court in West Bengal in defamation case

In a case filed by Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee, the Home Minister has been asked to appear in person or through a lawyer on February 22.

A designated MP/MLA court in West Bengal issued summons to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday to appear either personally or through a lawyer before it on February 22 in connection with a defamation case lodged against him by Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee.

The special judge of MP/MLA court at Bidhannagar directed that Mr. Shah is "required to appear in person/by pleader" at 10 a.m. on that day.

The judge directed that Mr. Shah’s attendance either personally or through a lawyer is necessary to answer to a charge of defamation under section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In a press note, Abhishek Banerjee’s lawyer Sanjay Basu claimed that Mr, Shah had made certain defamatory statements against the Trinamool MP on August 11, 2018 at a rally of the BJP at Mayo Road in Kolkata.

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