New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) A Delhi court will pronounce on April 19 its order on whether to summon Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, as an accused in a criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Mukul Roy.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal today heard the statements of the complainant’s advocate who said that the accused, a Trinamool Congress MP, purposely defamed his client and it was a fit case for summoning.

According to the complaint, the accused had sent a notice to Roy on November 13 last year, using defamatory statement in it by putting words in his mouth. The same was circulated to the media the same day which was widely covered.

“The accused intentionally got the aforesaid notice served at the unit office of BJP at Kolkata, so as to tarnish the image of the complainant before his newly joined party, namely BJP, and to lower the morale of his supporters and party workers,” the complaint, filed by advocate Savinder Singh, said.

The notice was sent to Roy after he, at a public rally, had reportedly made remarks about Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation and Trnamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee.

The notice sent by Abhishek’s advocate claimed that on November 10, Roy in a public rally made certain defamatory, malicious, and false statements against Banerjee.

“Roy had deliberately levied various baseless allegations which were published, broadcast and circulated by various news organisations, the notice had said. Mukul Roy quit the TMC and joined the BJP on November 3 last year.

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