A Mumbai case has issued summons to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in an Rs. 100 crore defamation case filed by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya’s wife Professor Medha Somaiya.
The court has ordered Raut to appear before it on 4 July.
Medha Somaiya had filed an Rs. 100 crore defamation case against Raut in the V=Bombay High Court last month accusing the Shiv Sena leader of making several defamatory statements against the couple, including ‘toilet scam.’
She had also asked the court to stop Raut from making any more defamatory statements against her and her family in the future.
The BJP leader’s wife had also demanded ‘a complete apology to Medha and retraction of the allegations and accusation made in the impugned defamatory articles/materials’ adding that the apology should be published in the forthcoming edition of the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana.
Raut had earlier alleged that an NGO run by BJP’s Kirit Somaiya received donations worth crores of rupees from companies under investigation by the Enforcement Directorate.
He had tweeted, “Kirit ka Kamal! 2013-14: Kirit makes allegations agnst a company. 2016: Company Chief is probd by @dir_ed. 2018-19: Yuvak Pratishthan gets HUGE donation frm d Very SAME compny. Aap Chronology samjhiye! BTW,Isn’t ths a case of ED & EOW invstgatn? I wil file a complnt soon!”
Somaiya is also accused of collecting Rs. 57 crore to save INS Vikrant, which was decommissioned in 1997. The aircraft carrier, which played a key role India’s war against Pakistan in 1971, was sold in an online auction in 2014 before being scrapped the same year.
According to an Indian army veteran, Somaiya had started a crowdfunding campaign to save INS Vikrant, adding that he too had given donations.