Monday, December 12, 2011

Rajasthan HC notice to Modi on defamation case

Jaipur: A single judge bench of the Rajasthan high court on Wednesday issued show-cause notice to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi asking why he should not be booked for criminal defamation of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

The HC asked Modi to appear in court in person on February 6, 2012. Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma issued notice on a petition filed by Charmesh Sharma, a Youth Congress representative of Rajasthan’s Bundi district.

During a public rally in Gandhinagar on June 5, Modi had allegedly said Nehru had “done nothing for children”.

The court on Wednesday observed, “Before passing any order, we wish to hear Narendra Modi.”

Sharma has said in the petition that he and other admirers of Nehru were “deeply hurt and pained” by Modi's comments, which he had heard on a television channel and later read on a website.


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