A Justice of the Peace’s court docket right here has issued a summons to Shiv Sena (UBT) leaders Uddhav Thackeray and Sanjay Raut over alleged defamatory articles carried by the celebration mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ in opposition to Rahul Shewale, a frontrunner of the rival Sena faction.
Metropolitan Justice of the Peace (Sewree court docket) SB Kale issued the summons on Monday in response to a grievance filed by Mr Shewale, MP from the Mumbai South-Central constituency.
Mr Thackeray, a former Maharashtra chief minister, and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, have been directed to look earlier than the court docket on July 14.
Rahul Shewale, who belongs to the Shiv Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde, has sought motion in opposition to the 2 leaders below Indian Penal Code sections 500 (punishment for defamation) and 501 (printing or engraving matter figuring out it to be defamatory) for publishing ‘defamatory articles’ in opposition to him within the Marathi and Hindi editions of ‘Saamana’.
Whereas Uddhav Thackeray is the chief editor of Saamana, Mr Raut is its govt editor.
Within the grievance, filed via advocate Chitra Salunke, Mr Shewale took objection to the articles with the headline ‘Rahul Shewale has lodge, actual property enterprise in Karachi’ printed on December 29, 2022.
“The complainant strongly refuted all of the allegations made within the stated articles and categorically said that that is merely a feeble try to wreck the repute and political profession of the complainant by levelling false accusations in opposition to him to malign his picture earlier than the general public at giant,” the grievance learn.
The articles had been a “concocted story, “devoid of any deserves” and a traditional instance of “vendetta journalism”, it added.
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