New Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group has filed a Rs 5,000-crore defamation suit against Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi in the Gujarat High Court, sources close to the Group said. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Slams Modi Government Over Coronavirus Vaccine, Asks 'What Does PM Stand By'

The suit, which was filed against Singhvi for allegedly making “false and defamatory statements”, is likely to come up for hearing on Monday. Also Read - Thousands of People Dance at Engagement of Ex-BJP Minister’s Granddaughter in Gujarat, Video Goes Viral

The group spokesperson was not immediately available for comments. Also Read - Not Wearing Mask? You May Have to Offer Community Service at Covid Centres, Says Gujarat HC

A Reliance group spokesperson had on November 30 stated that: “Abhishek Singhvi has made false, defamatory and libellous statements against the group. We will be filing a Rs 5,000-crore suit for damages against Singhvi for making these false and defamatory statements.”

That day, Singhvi had said that “top 50 corporates owe Rs 8.35 lakh crore to banks and out of those, three top Gujarat- based companies — Reliance (Anil Ambani Group), Adani and Essar — owe Rs 3 lakh crore.”

“One of them had last month publicly declared that they are shutting their telecom business with a liability of Rs 45,000 crore due to banks,” he said in an apparent reference to Reliance Communications shutting down 2G business.

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