Delhi HC quashes summons against Smriti Irani in defamation case filed by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Wednesday quashed the criminal defamation proceedings against Union Minister Smriti Irani in a defamation case filed by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam. The court, however, dismissed a similar plea by Nirupam’s seeking to set aside the summons issued against him in a cross-defamation complaint filed by Irani.

The court said the case against Nirupam will continue. Justice R K Gauba passed two separate verdicts on the two leaders plea. 
“Six years ago a battle began in court to uphold my dignity,” Irani tweeted following the verdict. “Today a semblance of justice all thanks to Honourable High Court of Delhi. A sense of gratitude for my family and legal team for standing by me through it all. However, the fight continues.”

Irani and Nirupam both subsequently filed criminal defamation complaints against each other after a TV debate held on December 20, 2012 after Gujarat Assembly election results. 



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