BJP’s Gupta gets bail in 2018 suit
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to BJP MLA Vijendra Gupta in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain for accusing him of taking Rs 23 crore bribe to permit felling of 16,000 trees in the capital.
Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal granted the reprieve on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and posted the matter for November 11.
Hussain had filed the complaint against Gupta, Manjinder Sirsa and Kapil Mishra for allegedly accusing him of taking Rs 23 crore to allow felling of trees for the redevelopment of government colonies in south Delhi. “The allegations were widely covered and published in print and electronic media on June 27, 2018,” the petition stated.
The environment minister claimed “such remarks by the respondents” had lowered his reputation in the society.
The court had on July 12 found “sufficient grounds” to proceed against Gupta, Mishra and Sirsa and summoned them. Both Hussain and Gupta sought exemption from personal appearance on the last day of hearing.
Hussain claimed that he has led an impeccable public life and is known for his contribution to the issues related to environment and forest, food security and minority welfare.