CM records statement in defamation case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jul 2018 10:48:02


Staff Reporter,

CM Chouhan had filed a defamation case against Congress ex-spokesperson K K Mishra on June 24, 2014

CHIEF Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday appeared before JMFC Prakash Uikey in District and Sessions Court and registered his statement in defamation case which he had filed against Congress ex-spokesperson K K Mishra. Next hearing in the defamation case is on July 13. Security was tight and media was not allowed inside the court room. Many lawyers were not given permission to enter the block where Chouhan’s statement was recorded.

Supreme Court judgement suggested that defamation was caused by Mishra not against ‘Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’ but Shivraj Singh Chouhan in his individual capacity. Mishra was sentenced to two years simple imprisonment with a fine of Rs 25,000 on November 17, 2017, by the court of special judge, Prevention of Corruption Act, Bhopal, on the defamation suit filed by Chief Minister Chouhan. The suit was filed on June 24, 2014, after Mishra accused the CM and his wife in a press conference that 19 of transport inspectors appointed in Madhya Pradesh were from Gondia (Maharashtra), the place which Chouhan’s in-laws belong to and that as many as 139 phone calls were made to three Vyapam scam accused by an influential woman in the CM House.

Mishra moved to Supreme Court which allowed the appeal and quashed the impugned prosecution/proceedings registered and set aside the order dated November 17, 2017, passed by the special judge, Prevention of Corruption Act, Bhopal. Supreme Court, April 13, 2018, set aside the judgement by the special judge in Bhopal in November 2017.