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Oct 01, 2012 at 04:00pm IST

Nitin Gadkari moves court, files defamation case against Digvijaya Singh

New Delhi: BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Monday dragged Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh to the court by filing a criminal defamation case against him at a Delhi's court. The BJP president hit out at Digvijaya Singh who had said that Gadakri along with his business partner Ajay Sancheti had made a profit of 490 crore from the Chhattisgarh coal mines. Gadkari argued before Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar that Singh's comments had maligned his reputation.

In the complaint Gadkari alleged that Digvijaya Singh had said that his business partner Ajay Sancheti made profit Rs 490 crore from coal mines in Chhattisgarh. According to Gadkari in another paper Singh is quoted as saying that Ajay Sancheti made Rs 500 crore due to his proximity to Gadkari. Gadkari argued though his lawyer Pinky Anand claiming that he had no business partnership with Ajay Sancheti nor did he receive any benefit due to his association with him.

The media was asked to vacate the court room before he recorded Gadkari's statement. During the hearing, Gadkari's counsel told the court that they had sent a legal notice to Singh on September 14 but the Congress leader had not replied to it.

Singh was unpertubed by the suit. He said, "I welcome Gadkari's move. Now I have to research Nitin Gadkari's business interests and partners."

Only Gadkari's statement has been recorded on Monday and the witness statements would be recorded on October 16. Then only the order on the maintainability of the complaint will come. If the complaint is found to be maintainable then the court would summon Singh.