The Political Edge Bureau
February 22, Chandigarh
A designated MP/MLA court on Monday forwarded a case of defamation brought against Union Home Minister Amit Shah by Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee to the Metropolitan Magistrate Court here over jurisdiction issues.
On August 11, 2018 Basu had claimed that Shah made certain defamatory statements against the TMC MP, at a BJP rally in Kolkata. The court, had issued summons to Shah to either appear personally or through a counsel on Monday. However, the court took note of the Shah’s lawyer Brajesh Jha’s submission that the address of the home minister mentioned in those was incorrect. The address provided earlier by the complainant was of the BJP office in Kolkata but later Banerjee’s lawyer Sanjay Basu said two addresses were provided to the court, one of Delhi and another of Ahmedabad. After hearing both the parties, the special judge directed that the matter be sent to the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Kolkata since the addresses were beyond the MP/MLA court’s jurisdiction. On February 19, the designated MP/MLA cases court at Bidhannagar had issued summons to Shah in connection with the defamation case lodged against him by Abhishek, who is the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.