Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrate court in Mumbai has issued summons to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut over a criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya's wife Medha Somaiya. The court has asked Raut to appear on July 4.
The issuance of a process marks the beginning of criminal proceedings before a metropolitan or judicial magistrate based on a complaint lodged by an individual. Once the process is issued, the accused person has to appear before the court. The detailed order with reasons that the court observed while passing the order would be made available later.
Somaiya, in her complaint through her lawyer Vivekanand Gupta, claimed that Raut made baseless and completely defamatory allegations against her and her husband, accusing them of being involved in a scam worth Rs 100 crore over the construction and maintenance of some of the public toilets under the jurisdiction of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation.
Medha, who is a professor of Organic Chemistry at Ruia College in Mumbai, has sought action against Raut under Sections 499 (makes or publishes any imputation) and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The complaint stated that around April 15, 2022, Raut made malicious and unwarranted mischievous statements in the media against her and the same was printed, published, and circulated to the general public at large through electronic and print media.
The said malicious statements were also viral on social media platforms on the same day and were read and heard by the public, said the complaint.
Gupta urged the court to issue a process or a notice to Raut and begin proceedings against him on the charges of defamation.