Chennai: A Tamil Nadu court on Wednesday issued summons to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy asking him to appear before it in connection with a defamation case filed by state's Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa against him.
The court has directed Swamy to depose before it on October 10 in the defamation case filed by Jayalalithaa over his comment on fishermen issue.
The Tamil Nadu CM had on Monday filed a defamation case against him and a leading daily for publishing his alleged defamatory statement against her.
In his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swamy had reportedly alleged that most of the boats apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy belonged to Jayalalithaa's aid Sasikala Natarajan and DMK leader T R Baalu.
A Tamil daily, which published a related article on September 5, was also been slapped with the defamation case. City public prosecutor ML Jegan filed the case against Swamy and the Tamil daily on behalf of the Chief Minister.
The article was highly defamatory, false, malicious and directly impeached the reputation of the chief minister, said Jegan in his petition before the principal district and sessions court.