A Delhi court has dismissed a revision petition filed by Zee TV Editor-in-Chief, Sudhir Chaudhary challenging the summoning order issued to him by the trial court in a defamation case initiated by Trinamool Congress Party MP, Mahua Moitra. Mahua Moitra had filed a complaint against Sudhir Chaudhary and the television news channel in connection with a show aired on one of his speeches in Parliament in 2019.
Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil passed the order on a petition filed against the order of a magistrate’s court, which had summoned Chaudhary in December 2019, news agency PTI reported. Chaudhary had approached the sessions court against the Metropolitan Magistrate’s order.
The sessions court, in its order passed on Monday, said that no interference was required in the magistrate court’s decision. “I have no hesitation in saying that there is no illegality or distortion in the summons order passed by the MM (Metropolitan Magistrate) and does not require any interference and thus the revision petitions are dismissed,” the judge said. ”
Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Moitra, submitted that the petition was simply an attempt by Chaudhary to stall the proceedings before the trial court. He pointed out how the petition was filed even before the summoning order of the trial court.
As per court records, a Zee News broadcast aired on July 2, 2019 had alleged that a speech delivered by Moitra in Parliament was plagiarised from an article authored by one Martin Longmean which had appeared on an American website called Washington Monthly.
Moitra had said that her speech elaborated and explained in detail how the seven signs of fascism are applicable to the prevailing political situation in India.