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AAP’s Raghav Chadha files defamation suit against Saurabh Jain of Patiala

Chandigarh, 19 January, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
The MM Court in Delhi (Tis Hazari)- Sh Rishabh Kapoor was pleased to cognizance of the offence of Criminal Defamation upon the Criminal defamation complaint filed by Raghav Chadha through Advocate Prashant Manchanda against one Saurabh Jain, a resident of Patiala , Punjab.

The Criminal complaint was filed against Saurabh Jain for defaming the reputation and conduct of the complainant Raghav Chadha, by publishing per se false and defamatory allegations before various news portals and via press conference which were widely circulated on social media platforms among other modes levelling malicious, false and baseless accusations of corruption and deceit against Raghav Chadha and using per se derogatory and scurrilous words against him with the vested pre meditated political intent of deriding and defaming Raghav Chadha’s personal and professional reputation and lowering his image in the eyes of the public.

The Hon’ble MM Court at Delhi, after bestowing its thoughtful consideration to the material produced by the Complainant on record as well as averments made in the complaint, upon prima facie finding substance in the averments made by Raghav Chadha in the said complaint took cognizance of the offence of criminal defamation which involves 2 years of imprisonment as punishment and directed the complainant to lead pre summoning evidences.

The Criminal Defamation Complaint filed by Raghav Chadha stated that ‘the complainant who is serving as the MLA of NCT of Delhi is a person of inviolable moral rectitude and unimpeachable integrity, who on account of his efficient and honest administration as well as diligent discharge of duties has acquired a glorious reputation in the eyes of people. He has been also serving as the Vice Chairman of Delhi Jal Board and is also the Chairman of several Legislative Committees of Delhi Legislative Assembly including the Peace and Harmony Committee and Petitions Committee.’

He currently holds the key responsibility of being the Co-Incharge for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) affairs in the State of Punjab and has been entrusted with numerous responsibilities so as to assist in the conduct of free and fair elections’

The complaint further states that ‘the accused/respondent Saurabh Jain in a pre-meditated manner with the malevolent schemes to execute and further his vested political designs has deliberately and intentionally made both direct as well as implied false, concocted, frivolous and baseless defamatory imputations against the complainant with a view to tarnish his reputation and impeccable goodwill as well as of other leader of Aam Aadmi Party’

Arguing on behalf of Raghav Chadha Advocate Prashant Manchanda specifically pointed that his client who has earned impeccable reputation by virtue of his honest and upright approach in discharge of onerous professional duties entrusted to him has been smeared in the teeth of pre meditated defamatory campaign and web of lies spewed by the accused purely with a to obstruct him from carrying out his public duties.

Pertinently, the complaint further states that ‘accused person in order to carry out mass circulation and in order to widely publish the false and defamatory imputations, extensively circulated the video interview recordings given to one private news channel to all media houses which was further immensely circulated over the social media platforms. Same was done intentionally, deliberately with a view to cause maximum damage to the reputation of the complainant. The outrightly false, malicious, baseless statements were made/published/circulated by accused person in the press conference as well as in numerous interviews wherein the specific allegations are levelled by the accused person against the complainant.’

The complaint further adds that ‘All these defamatory and scandalous allegations have been made by the accused person in furtherance of his larger vested political designs and should be outrightly rejected on the anvil. That it is demonstrably and palpably evident that the aforesaid allegations are per se and conspicuously false and unsustainable and attended with nefarious political designs which has inter alia sabotaged the personal and professional reputation of the Complainant, the entire AAP and its leaders’

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