Bengal court summons Amit Shah after Mamata’s nephew files defamation case

Abhishek Banerjee claims the home minister made defamatory statements against him on August 11, 2018, at a rally in Kolkata

Amit Shah
"The one who said India is not a nation is now on a yatra to unite India wearing a foreign T-shirt," said Shah | File Photo: PTI

A special MP/MLA court in West Bengal issued summons to Amit Shah on Friday to appear either personally or through a lawyer before it on February 22. The summons were issued in connection with a defamation case filed against the Union home minister by Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The special judge at Bidhannagar said Shah is “required to appear in person/by pleader” to answer to a charge of defamation under Section 500 of the IPC.

Abhishek Banerjee’s lawyer Sanjay Basu claimed that Shah had made certain defamatory statements against the Trinamool MP on August 11, 2018, at a rally in Kolkata.

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BJP youth leader held with cocaine

Meanwhile, BJP youth leader in Bengal Pamela Goswami has been arrested for allegedly possessing cocaine. Police had prior information that Goswami was carrying the drug in her car, sources said.

Also arrested with her in New Alipore area of Kolkata was her friend Probir Kumar Dey, the source said.