A Delhi court here on Wednesday allowed a joint application filed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and parliamentarian Sanjay Singh and Ankit Bhardwaj — a state executive member of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP — seeking permission to withdraw defamation case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal acquitted Sanjay Singh after he and Ankit Bhardwaj told him that both have settled the issue between them.

The court was informed that Sanjay Singh has offered unconditional apology to Bhardwaj.

Bhardwaj, in his complaint said that on May 10, a person reportedly named Ankit Bhardwaj attacked sacked Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra when he was sitting on a protest and it was later found that the attacker was an AAP volunteer.

But AAP activists and some senior leaders picked Ankit Bhardwaj of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and declared that he was the one who attacked Mishra and also spread this information in the media as well as social media.

Sanjay Singh also declared him as the assailant by showing his Facebook profile, the BJYM leader said.

He had alleged that the AAP members’ acts had tarnished his image in the minds of party leaders, relatives, friends and the public at large, and thus harmed his reputation.