A Delhi court on Wednesday acquitted Sanjay Singh in a defamation case filed by a BJP youth-wing leader Ankit Bhardwaj after the AAP Rajya Sabha MP tendered an apology.
Singh had allegedly projected Bhardwaj as the person assaulting former AAP Minister Kapil Mishra last year. The court, according to news agency PTI, passed the order after Singh and the complainant, a state executive member of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, moved an application jointly, stating that they have settled the matter after the AAP politician offered an “unconditional apology” to the complainant.
The court was told by the counsel for Ankit Bhardwaj that it was his namesake who had allegedly assaulted Mishra. His lawyer had said that his name was “wrongly taken” by the AAP leaders in the media by describing him as a BJYM officer bearer who had assaulted Mishra on 10 May last year.
He said that the person apprehended at the spot for the alleged offence, purportedly belonged to their own party. The advocate had stated that on the official Twitter account and Facebook page of the Aam Aadmi Party, it was mentioned that the person who attacked Mishra was Ankit Bhardwaj, who belongs to the BJP and was showing his identity as an assailant by putting screenshots of his Facebook profile.