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Hearing into Manik Sarkar moved defamation suit deferred

Correspondent

Agartala, August 23, 2017: The hearing into a deflation suit filed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar against BJP’s central observer Sunil Deodhar could not be held on Tuesday as the latter not received notice for appearance. The case against Mr Deodhar was registered in court of West Tripura District & Sessions Judge R. Paul on August 7for making certain observations on personal life and politics of Chief Minister at a public rally in April last. 

“One of the respondents, Sunil Deodhar, did not appear in court today citing he was not served court notice. The Judge directed concerned to deliver him the notice immediately”, Public Prosecutor Ranada Prasad Roy told newsmen.

The court will inform them date of next hearing likely to hold later of this month, he added. On behalf of Chief Minister, Roy moved the criminal defamation case against BJP leader and Editor of a local vernacular daily for publishing the full content of speech.

The Editor was granted bail after she appeared in the court. Sunil Deodhar in his contentious speech lashed out at Chief Minister Manik Sarkar accusing him of maintaining a lavish life style and spending huge money towards cosmetics, branded shoes and specs. He also accused Sarkar of installing a costly gym in his residence at public exchequer and spending huge money in helicopter ride even in short distances.

Deodhar later claimed he did not utter lie a single word in his address at the party rally. “People should know what is going on….I wanted to dispel gossips about poorest chief minister claim”, he had said. 

CPI(M) had organised protests across the state to condemn Sunil Deodhar. The ruling party said the accusations against an ‘honest’ and ‘hugely popular’ Chief Minister were nothing but a political conspiracy to defame him in public.