In a significant development, a Delhi court today took cognisance of Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary’s criminal defamation complaint against Congress MP Naveen Jindal and 16 officials of his firm Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL).
“The cognisance of offence under section 499 (defamation) read with 34 (common intention) of the IPC is taken… Keeping in view the law laid down in the provisions of CrPC and the judgement of the Delhi High Court, the examination of complainant and his witnesses is being proceeded with.
“Put up for examination of the complainant and his witnesses on oath for January 7,” Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja said.
Meanwhile, Zee Business Editor Samir Ahluwalia too filed a defamation complaint against Jindal today, but in a different court which will decide on January 9 whether to take cognisance of his plea.
Chaudhary, who was granted exemption from personal appearance for today, has alleged in his complaint that Jindal and JSPL officials had made “deliberately false” statements against him with the intention to tarnish his image.
He has said in his complaint that defamatory statements were made in an FIR lodged against him in the alleged Rs 100 crore extortion bid case at a press conference held here.
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