New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to BJP leader Smriti Irani on a plea by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam seeking to set aside the summons issued against him by a trial court in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Irani. Headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, a bench agreed to examine the plea and sought an explanation from Irani into the matter.

The Delhi High Court had quashed the summons issued against Irani in a defamation complaint filed against her by Nirupam. However, in yet another case, the high court had dismissed a similar plea of Nirupam seeking to set aside the summons issued against him in a cross defamation complaint filed by Irani. On December 19, 2018, the Delhi High Court stated that the case against Nirupam will continue.

Irani had filed a complaint against Nirupam for allegedly defaming her during a debate on private news channel.The court had framed charges against the Congress leader for using derogatory and indecent language against the textile minister.

She had alleged that Nirupam had raised questions on her credentials to analyse poll results given her background as a TV actress. Following her complaint, the court had put Nirupam on trial under sections 500 (defamation), 509 (uttering word to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC.

Sanjay Nirupam is contesting from Mumbai North West constituency in the Lok Sabha elections. Mumbai region is set to vote in the final phase on April 29.

(With agency inputs)