If convicted, the Defamation offence entails a maximum punishment of two years.
On Friday, Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain filed 2 criminal defamation complaints against sacked minister Kapil Mishra & an AAP MLA.
Satyendar Jain accused AAP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa of defaming him by organizing a press conference & alleging that he was indulging in circulating huge amounts of illegitimate money within the party.
The minister also accused a media house bringing out a prominent Hindi daily for publishing the alleged “libellous and slanderous statements” made by MLA Sirsa.
The complaints filed in Tis Hazari court, have been listed for hearing on 29th May before a Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tandon.
Health Minister in his complaint filed against Kapil Mishra, who was earlier heading the water dept., submitted that on 7th May, the sacked minister Mishra made a statement before the media accusing him of handing over a bribe of ₹2 crore to CM Arvind Kejriwal on 5th May, which caused irreparable damage to his reputation.
Jain said that the conduct is 1 of the many plots made by the accused (Kapil Mishra) so as to implicate the ministers of the current govt. in these scandalous accusations.
Jain added that the intention behind the said planning & plotting isn’t only to harm the reputation of the complainant (Jain) but also other functionaries of the govt of Delhi.
He claimed that instead of approaching law enforcement agencies, Kapil Mishra contacted the media with these allegations because he knew that it shall lead to its publication throughout the nation & shall create a discord with respect to the state govt. which may help him to achieve his plan to usurp the govt. & take its control.