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Defamation: Court to hear Phoolka’s plea against Tytler on November 22

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday fixed November 22 for hearing a criminal defamation complaint filed against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler by a senior lawyer representing victims in the 1984 Sikh genocide cases.

The case was listed for November 22 as additional chief metropolitan magistrate Gaurav Rao had gone for an inspection of Tihar Jail.

During the earlier hearing, Tytler had told the court that he was ready to tender an “unconditional apology” to senior advocate HS Phoolka, the complainant in the case, to settle the matter as no public interest was involved in the complaint filed by an individual.

Phoolka, however, had refused to accept Tytler’s offer, saying that “any compromise” in a serious matter like this would send a wrong message to the people.

Phoolka had alleged that the Congress leader had passed derogatory remarks about him in a news programme aired on September 7, 2004. Phoolka, in his complaint filed in 2006, had alleged that Tytler had levelled false and derogatory allegations against him. The case against Tytler was filed in a Ludhiana court. Later, it was transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court on Tytler’s plea.

Source: HT

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