Amit Shah sued by Mamata Banerjee’s nephew
Banerjee's lawyer Sanjay Basu claimed that Shah had made certain defamatory statements against the Trinamool MP at a rally of the BJP at Mayo Road in Kolkata, on August 11, 2018.
Ahead of Bengal Elections, the conflict between India’s Home Minister Amit Shah and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee turns bitter as the CM’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee summons Shah to the court today.
Banerjee's lawyer Sanjay Basu claimed that Shah had made certain defamatory statements against the Trinamool MP at a rally of the BJP at Mayo Road in Kolkata, on August 11, 2018. The claim is made public via the media by a press statement.
The summon issued by a designated MP/MLA court in West Bengal to the Union Home Minister today, asks him to appear either personally or through a lawyer before it on February 22.
Shah is "required to appear in person/by pleader "at 10 a.m” 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 (IPC), the direction said.
This is to be noted that only yesterday, Shah who had launched BJP’S fifth Parivartan Yatra from South Bengal, had targeted the Bengal CM publically accusing her of ignoring the interest if the people and only thinking of bhatija-kalyan (welfare of the nephew). The CM had been holding public meetings at the South 24 Parganas district. This was another such verbal attack on the CM that the BJP leadership including Shah and party president J.P. Nadda have been constantly doing against her nephew.
As a reply, the CM, who addressed a rally at Pailan yesterday had dared the Home Minister to contest against her nephew.
“Day and night they are talking about didi-bhatija. I challenge Amit Shah — contest against Abhishek Banerjee first and then me,” she had challenged. She also asked how Shah’s son has become part of the cricket administration. “How come your son became part of the cricket administration and made hundreds of crores of rupees?” she questioned.
The summon comes as a further turmoil between Shah and Banerjee in the run up to Bengal elections where the BJP is trying hard to establish it’s bastion.