Court reserves order
Defamation Complaint Against Mehbooba Mufti
D A RASHID
Srinagar, Nov 3: A court on Saturday reserved order on an application by the Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti seeking rejection of the compliant of defamation filed against her by National Conference leader and Law & Parliamentary Affairs minister Ali Muhammad Sagar.
Court of Passenger Tax Srinagar, Ashwani Kumar reserved the order on the application after hearing arguments of counsels representing the complainant and the accused.
Counsels for Mehbooba argued that the defamation compliant filed by Sagar was not maintainable saying she had not committed any defamation.
Counsels informed the court that no defamation case was made out against the accused as she had attributed true facts which does not constitute the ingredients of the defamation as whatever she had said was on the basis of FIR no 22 of 2004 registered in Police Station Khanyar.
They argued that the complaint against Mehbooba was lodged without any sanction under section 197 of CrPC, which was mandatory for it.
Counsels of Sagar however submitted that the FIR 22 of 2004 was not registered against the complainant saying it was registered against four persons who had raised slogans in favour of NC at a polling booth and had tried to disrupt the poling process and were subsequently arrested as well.
Sagar had alleged in the compliant that Mehbooba Mufti had defamed him publically saying that he was carrying bogus voters from booth to booth to cast their votes in NC’s favour and an FIR no. 22 was registered against him in police station Khanyar. Sagar had stated in the compliant that he was also accused of being involved in burning of Nawa Kadal Bridge.
Advocates Rafiq Ahmad Bakshi and Shuja Tantray represented Sagar while senior counsel Muhammad Altaf Naik with advocate M Amin Rathore defended Mehbooba.
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