Chandigarh: A local court on Saturday dismissed as
withdrawn the criminal defamation case filed by Punjab Chief
Minister Parkash Singh Badal against his political rival
and predecessor Capt Amarinder Singh.
Chief Judicial Magistrate J S Sidhu issued the order in
the light of submissions made to the court earlier by the
counsels of the concerned parties in the case.
The court ruled that the case stood dismissed as
withdrawn after Amarinder`s counsel SPS Bhullar submitted
that he had no objections to it.
Badal had moved applications to withdraw the criminal
defamation case against Amarinder earlier this month with his
counsel Varinder Issar submitting that the intention behind
the step was to "create an atmosphere of cordiality in the
relationship" between the two leaders.
Badal had filed the criminal defamation case against
Amarinder Singh under different Sections of the IPC in 2002
alleging that the Congress leader had launched a slanderous
campaign against him which had tarnished his and his family`s
image in the public eye.
Badal had made the announcement regarding his intention
to withdraw the case after he, his wife Surinder Kaur and son
Sukhbir Badal were acquitted in disproportionate assets case
by a court in Mohali.