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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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Telangana MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni’s citizenship cancelled

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Hyderabad: The Union Home Ministry has cancelled the Indian citizenship of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni for concealing facts about his foreign tours. The MLA is alleged to have secretly taken German citizenship and not informed about it.

Fresh orders were issued after hearing Ramesh, who had challenged an earlier order from 2017, cancelling his citizenship.

“His misrepresentation/concealment of fact misled the government of India in making its decision initially. Had he revealed the fact that he had not resided in India for one year before making the application, the competent authority in this ministry would not have granted citizenship to him,” a ministry order said.

It said the competent authority is “satisfied that it is not conducive to public good that Chennamaneni continues to be a citizen of India” and, therefore, decided that he “ceases” to be a citizen of the country.

Ramesh, who was re-elected to the Telangana Assembly from Vemulawada constituency last year, said he would approach the high court for relief.

Ramesh Chennamaneni belongs to a political family from Vemulawada, he was three times MLA. In 2009, he contested for the first time on a Telugu Desam Party ticket. His father Rajeshwar Rao was a freedom fighter and was a 6-time MLA.

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