Defamation Case: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut Fails to Appear in Court, Bailable Warrant Issued

Medha Somaiya accused Raut of making baseless and defamatory allegations against her and her husband Kirit Somaiya of being involved in a scam worth Rs 100 crore.

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Mumbai: A court here on Monday, July 4 issued a bailable warrant against Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut after he failed to appear before it in connection with a defamation complaint filed by former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya’s wife Medha Somaiya.

The Sewri metropolitan magistrate’s court had last month issued a process (summons) against Raut, asking him to appear before it on July 4.

However, neither Raut nor his lawyers were present in the court on Monday, Medha Somaiya’s lawyer Vivekanand Gupta said.

“Hence, we made an application for the issuance of a warrant against him, which the court allowed,” Gupta added.

The court later adjourned the matter and kept it for hearing on July 18.

Earlier, the magistrate, while issuing summons, had held that documents and video clips produced on record prima facie revealed that the accused made defamatory statements against the complainant (Medha), so that it will be seen by the public at large and read by people in newspapers.

It was also prima facie proved by the complainant that the words spoken by accused Sanjay Raut were such that it harmed the complainant’s reputation, the court had said.

Medha Somaiya, in her complaint filed through advocates Gupta and Laxman Kanal, claimed Raut had made baseless and completely defamatory allegations against her and her husband, accusing them of being involved in a scam worth Rs 100 crore over the construction and maintenance of some public toilets under the jurisdiction of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation.

She had urged the court to begin proceedings against him on charges of defamation, as defined under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code.

In her plea, Medha also submitted that she was a professor of organic chemistry for more than 20 years at Ramnarian Ruia College, Matunga. She further stated that she has been contributing to more than 25 charitable activities and was awarded a “doctorate” in slum development. “She has an excellent reputation in the society and she is known in the educational and social field in the society,” stated her plea.