A lower court of the city has taken cognizance against BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari accusing him of defaming Congress leader Suresh Mishra and has summoned him on February 10.
Taking action under section 500 of the Indian Penal Code, the court of judicial magistrate (number 17) gave this order on the defamation complaint filed by Mishra on Saturday.
In the complaint Mishra has accused Tiwari of defaming him during a television programme telecasted on March 3. Mishra also informed the court that he had made a disclosure about Tiwari amassing property illegally at a press conference held on March 3.
During the press conference, the complainant had accused Tiwari of amassing Rs500 crore worth of property illegally and had demanded a CBI inquiry in the matter. In the evening of the same day, Tiwari appeared on a television show and condemned the charges made by Mishra and termed him as an agent and ‘a beggar who roams around without work’.
In the complaint, Mishra alleged that Tiwari had criminally defamed him as he knew that the programme was telecasted publicly and thousands of people watched it, even then Tiwari used foul words against him.
Hearing on the complaint and perusing the documents, the court took cognizance against Tiwari.
Notably, Tiwari has already filed Rs1.01 crore defamation suit against Suresh Mishra.