New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday stayed the legal proceedings against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Hans Raj Hans in a defamation case filed by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
In 2019, Sisodia filed a case against several BJP leaders for alleged corruption in the construction of classrooms in government schools in Delhi at a press conference.
“The accused persons were issued summons in the case on November 28, 2019,” the court noted.
Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma on Thursday decided to adjourn the proceedings before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at the Rouse Avenue Court after going through the details of the hearing in the matter. The court also asked Manish Sisodia to respond to the objection raised by BJP leaders Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Hans Raj Hans.
Senior advocate Kirti Uppal and advocate Pavan Narang appeared for BJP leaders.
The court recently dismissed an application filed by a BJP leader seeking discharge against the service of a charge sheet in a defamation case.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia filed a defamation case against BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, MP Hans Raj Hans, MP Pravesh Verma, MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa, MLA Vijender Gupta, and BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana in 2019 for false allegations regarding him (Manish Sisodia) for corruption of ₹ 2,000 crores in the building of classrooms of government schools in Delhi.
In the defamation case, Sisodia said that all the allegations made by these BJP leaders jointly and severally were false, defamatory, and defamatory, and with an intention to damage and harm his reputation and goodwill.