Court Considers Defamation Complaint Against Kirti Azad

A complaint filed by Himmat Singh’s father Tejbir Singh claimed Azad made baseless allegations against his son.

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Former cricketer and BJP member Kirti Azad at a press conference against DDCA, December 2015. (Photo: PTI)

A court in New Delhi took cognizance of a defamation complaint against suspended BJP leader Kirti Azad, on Monday, for his alleged “defamatory” and “false” remarks against Delhi-based cricketer Himmat Singh and his father Tejbir Singh.

The complaint was filed by Himmat Singh’s father Tejbir Singh, last month against Azad and three other former cricketers including Bishan Singh Bedi. The complainant claimed that the four made baseless allegations against his son Himmat.

False and defamatory statements regarding the exchange of Rs 25 lakh for selection of the complainant’s son, Himmat Singh, for some tournament ie. Vijay Hazare Trophy, is concocted per se and the same are not only false but false to the knowledge of the accused(s) jointly and severally.

Excerpt from Tejbir Singh’s complaint

Metropolitan Magistrate, Akash Jain agreed to hear the criminal defamation complaint against Azad and posted the matter for hearing on February 22.

Tejbir said the “baseless” and “concocted” story of the four accused people caused “immense damage” to Himmat and his family.

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