Derogatory remarks and slanders | At opposite ends of the spectrum. But the same approach.
Supreme Court issued a notice to Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on a plea by Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam to quell her defamation case against him
Defamation Cases in India have become a joke, epitomized by Politicians using it for arguements that hold no water.
- BJP’s Irani and Congress’ Nirupam sued each other for defamation after appearing on a TV debate in 2012
- Supreme Court’s notice to Smriti Irani is in a case connected to cross defamation complaints filed by her and Nirupam.
- Apex Court agreed to examine Nirupam’s appeal for cancelling the defamation case filed by Irani against him in 2013
- Nirupam challenged a Delhi High Court order rejecting his request to cancel the summons against him
- Delhi High Court had cancelled the summons against Irani but said the case against Nirupam will continue.
Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told Nirupam’s lawyer:
“Why do you go for TV debates when you enter into a fight and then go to the court,”
The Congress leader sought to quell the defamation complaint by Irani in 2013. He also challenged a March 2013 summon by Magisterial Court.
Nirupam’s complaint against Irani alleged that the BJP leader made “defamatory and scurrilous comments” against him during a TV debate on December 20, 2012, when the Gujarat assembly election results came out.
Nirupam’s complaint states that Irani made “direct aspersions on the character” of Nirupam in the show where the two leaders had appeared together.
Smriti Irani’s complaint against Nirupam alleged defamation directed at her during the same debate. A trial court framed charges against Nirupam for using “derogatory and indecent language” against Irani.
Irani had accused Nirupam of questioning her credentials to analyse election results as she was an actor.