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Smriti issued notice in 2013 defamation case

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam’s appeal for quashing a defamation case filed against him by Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani in 2013.

The court issued a notice to Irani in this regard. Nirupam has sought for the setting aside of the summons issued against him by a trial court in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Irani.

“Why do you go for TV debates when you enter into a fight and then go to the court,” said the Supreme Court as it agrees to examine the appeal by the Congress leader
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In 2012, while participating in a news debate on a private television channel, Irani and Nirupam got into a heated verbal exchange.

Nirupam reportedly questioned Irani’s credentials saying: “You used to charge money to perform dance shows on TV. Now you are an election analyst?”

Irani filed the defamation suit against Nirupam in 2013. He also filed a cross-defamation suit.

In 2014, Irani, then Union Human Resource Development Minister, filed a plea in the Delhi High Court seeking to quash the complaint against her by Nirupam, and also the summons issued to her by the trial court.

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In his turn, Nirupam challenged the complaint filed by Irani, and the court’s 2013 order summoning him over the complaint.

The Delhi High Court then set aside the proceedings of the trial court against Irani in the 2012 defamation case filed by Nirupam.

The Congress leader, however, did not get any relief in the defamation case filed against him by Irani.

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PM Modi departs for two-day visit to Bhutan

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on two day visit to Bhutan to discuss relations with India and to strengthen bilateral ties with the Himalayan nation in various fields. This is Modi’s second visit to Bhutan, first since reelection.

Modi will arrive at Paro International Airport on Saturday 17th August and will be there till 19th August. PM Modi will discuss their relations in various fields. According to reports one of the talks will be on accessing of RuPay cards in Bhutan. Before departure it is said that it will talk on partnerships from “Neighborhood Policy’.

PM Modi will meet Prime Minister of Bhutan today at 4 pm in the evening. During the visit, the Prime Minister is expected to receive audiences with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan and Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth King of Bhutan nd hold talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Dr Lotay Tshering. The Prime Minister will also address the students of Royal University of Bhutan there.

He would also visit national Museum at Chorten the next day. “The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high -level exchanges between the two countries and provides an opportunity to the two sides to discuss ways to further strengthen and diversify the bilateral partnership, including economic and development co-operation, hydropower co-operation, people -to-people-ties as well as share views on regional matters and other issues of National Interest” an MEA statement said.

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