Relief for Nirupam in defamation case filed by Sunil Dutt
Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 00:22
Mumbai: The metropolitan magistrate's court today dismissed Congress MP Priya Dutt's application seeking to make her a party in place of her late father Sunil Dutt in the defamation case against Sanjay Nirupam.

Nirupam, now a Congress MP from Mumbai North, has said during the 2004 Lok Sabha campaign (when he was with Shiv Sena) that Sunil Dutt, a Congress MP, attended Parliament only thrice in five years.

Dutt disputed this, saying that his attendance was good, and Nirupam was lying. Dutt also filed a criminal defamation case against Nirupam.

However, Dutt passed away while the matter was pending, and Nirupam quit Shiv Sena to join Congress.

Dutt's daughter Priya had said that she would pursue the case.

However, Bandra magistrate's court today dismissed her plea seeking to fight the case in her father's place.

"With this, Mr Nirupam has been discharged," said his lawyer Anjani Kumar Singh.

Priya's lawyers, however said that they would file an appeal against this order.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 00:22

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