BJP’s Gupta gets bail in 2018 suit

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NETWORK

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.

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