A designated MP/MLA court in West Bengal on Friday summoned Union Home Minister Amit Shah on February 22 (Monday) in connection with a defamation case filed against him by Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee. The special judge of MP/MLA court at Bidhannagar directed 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.
In a press note, Abhishek Banerjee’s lawyer Sanjay Basu claimed that Shah had made defamatory remarks against the Trinamool MP on August 11, 2018 at a rally of the BJP at Mayo Road in Kolkata. During the BJP’s Yuva Swabhiman Smavesh Rally, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had accused Abhishek Banerjee of corruption.
While speaking at the Yuva Swabhiman Samavesh Rally organised by BJP at Mayo Road in Kolkata, Shah had said that the people of Bengal have not received money distributed under the central funds due to corruption by Trinamool Congress. Objecting to these statements, Abhishek Banerjee had filed a criminal defamation case against Amit Shah on August 28, 2018.
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On August 13, Banerjee sent a legal notice to Shah, demanding an apology from him for allegedly making defamatory statements against him. The notice stated that Shah has made various allegations against Trinamool MP by making a flimsy and thinly veiled reference.