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Court orders charge against Gupta on Dikshit”s plea

Statesman News Service |

press trust of india
New Delhi, 1 July
Spelling trouble for BJP leader Mr Vijender Gupta, a court today ordered framing of charges against him in a criminal defamation complaint lodged against him by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal said “prima facie” an offence of defamation is made out against Mr Gupta and fixed the matter for 27 July for formally framing charges against him.
“Even the contention of counsel for accused (Mr Gupta) that since the editor, publisher or the reporter of the referred newspapers have not been examined, no case is made out against the proposed offender is premature. The complainant has a liberty to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt at a stage subsequent to framing of notice in a summons triable case. In this case, prima facie offence under section 500 (punishment for defamation) IPC is made out against the accused."
“To come up on 27 July for framing notices under section 500 IPC against the accused,” the court said. The magistrate also directed Mr Gupta to personally appear in the court on the next date of hearing.
During the hearing, the court granted exemption from personal appearance to both Mrs Dikshit and Mr Gupta for the day.
The court had, on 15 May, reserved its order on whether to frame charges against Mr Gupta when Mrs Dikshit had also appeared before it.
Mrs Dikshit had appeared in the court on 30 May 2012 for recording her statement, after which Mr Gupta was summoned as an accused.