FIR by Mahua Moitra dismissed by Calcutta HC, says Mahua free to take action for Defamation

  • On Wednesday (14 October), the Calcutta High Court quashed the criminal proceedings brought against Union Minister Babul Supriyo on the basis of a charge sheet submitted by the State Police in an FIR lodged by Mahua Moitra (now a Member of Parliament) alleging that Babul Supriyo made an offensive remark during a TV debate.

  • The Bench of Justice Bibek Chaudhuri, however, held that the petitioner's deliberate statement was a defamatory statement within the context of Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code and that Mahua Moitra was free, under the statute, to take any action before the appropriate forum.

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