Kolkata: A designated MP/MLA court in West Bengal on Friday summoned Union Home Minister Amit Shah to appear either personally or through a lawyer before it on February 22 in connection with a defamation case lodged against him by Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is also the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Also Read - Parliamentary Panel Chairperson Urges Amit Shah To Take Action Against Hate Speech

The special judge of MP/MLA court at Bidhannagar directed that Shah is “required to appear in person/by pleader” at 10 AM on the given day. Also Read - PM Modi’s Security Lapse: What Is Blue Book Rules That Punjab Police Allegedly Ignored | Know What SPG’s Manual Says

The judge directed that Shah’s attendance either personally or through a lawyer is necessary to answer to a charge of defamation under section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Also Read - Inside The World-Wide-Web of CASHMAN Piyush Jain

In a press note, Abhishek Banerjee’s lawyer Sanjay Basu claimed that Shah had made certain defamatory statements against the TMC MP on August 11, 2018 at a BJP rally held at Mayo Road in Kolkata.

(With inputs from PTI)