Fri. Mar 1st, 2024


The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on quashing prison defamation proceedings pending in opposition to former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav for his “only Gujaratis can be thugs” comment.

A bench presided over by Justice Abhay S Oka took be aware of the submission superior by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, showing for the RJD chief, {that a} “specific” affidavit has been filed by Yadav unconditionally withdrawing his remarks.

“Your lordships may quash the proceedings in the peculiar facts and circumstances without there being any consent between parties, ” submitted the counsel showing for complainant Haresh Mehta.

“Submissions are heard. Order is reserved. We will pass a detailed order, ” mentioned the bench, additionally comprising Justice Ujjal Bhuyan.

In an earlier listening to, the highest courtroom had indicated that it’ll quash the prison defamation go well with pending in opposition to Yadav earlier than a Justice of the Peace’s courtroom in Ahmedabad in train of extraordinary powers conferred below Article 142 of the Constitution.

It had noticed that Yadav’s prosecution was now not essential since he had filed an affidavit stating that his comment was not meant to offend Gujarati individuals or any group of a specific state.

In November 2023, the Supreme Court had stayed the trial proceedings after Tejashwi Yadav sought a switch of prison defamation case from Gujarat to Bihar.

The criticism goes again to Tejashwi Yadav’s alleged remarks made in March final yr in Patna. It has been alleged that Yadav mentioned that “in today’s time, only Gujaratis can be thugs and they will also be forgiven for the same”.

The purported remarks had been made by him in reference to the revocation of the pink nook discover for fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, a key accused within the Punjab National Bank rip-off, and purportedly geared toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

In his criticism, Mehta, a social employee and Vice President of an organisation referred to as the All-India Anti-Corruption and Crime Preventive Council, alleged that the remarks defame and humiliate Gujaratis in public.

 

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