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Nitin Gadkari slams Digvijay with court case

Bhartiya Janta Party president Nitin Gadkari on Monday filed a criminal defamation case against senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who had accused him of having business links with his party MP Ajay Sancheti who allegedly pocketed Rs 500 crore in coal block allocation.

Digvijay Singh had recently made statements that Sancheti was Gadkari's business partner and had earned a huge profit of around Rs 500 crore in coal block allocation, which was denied by Gadkari's counsel. Appearing for Gadkari, Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar, senior advocate Pinky Anand denied that Gadkari has any direct or indirect business relations with Sancheti. Anand said that Digvijay Singh's statement, which was widely reported by the media, had the 'clear intention to malign the reputation of the complainant.'

During the hearing, Gadkari's counsel told the court that they had sent a legal notice to Digvijay Singh on 14 Sep but the Congress leader had not replied to it.

During recording of his statement, Gadkari told the court that said Digvijay Singh levelled totally false and defamatory allegations against him to give the impression that 'I have been responsible for allocation of coal mines' to Sancheti. He denied having any business ties with Sancheti saying 'he [Singh] has stated that I have business relations with Ajay Sancheti, MP, and to give the impression that I have been responsible for allocation of coal mines to him, which is totally wrong.'
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