BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has been asked to appear before the Bombay High Court on December 23 this year in the Rs 100 crore defamation suit filed by Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab.

Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab (L) and former BJP MP Kirit Somiya.

The Bombay High Court summoned former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya in the Rs 100 crore defamation suit filed by Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab. The BJP leader has been asked to appear before the High Court on December 23 this year.

Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab alleged that Kirit Somaiya had made “malicious, mala fide and defamatory” statements against him on Twitter. Kirit Somaiya had claimed that Anil Parab was involved in a scam of illegal construction in Ratnagiri. The Maharashtra minister denied the allegations.

Anil Parab’s suit also contended that no statutory agency or authority had issued any notice to him in relation to any scam “much less some construction carried out in Ratnagiri”.

Following the filing of the suit and completion of internal procedure by the court, its registry issued orders that stated, “You [Kirit Somaiya] are hereby required to file in this Court an appearance in person or a ‘Vakalatnama’ and a written statement of your defence and serve a copy of the written statement on the Plaintiff within 12 weeks from the service of this summons upon you. And whereas the suit will be placed for directions on the board of the Judge in Chambers on the 23rd day of December 2021.”

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