Rose valley chit fund case: Babul Supriyo sends defamation notices to TMC leaders for naming him
The verbal volleys between BJP and Trinamool Congress reached a new level when BJP MP from Asansol and Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Tuesday filed defamation cases against Trinamool leaders Saugata Ray, Tapas Paul and Mahua Moitra on Tuesday for accusing him of being involved in Rose Valley chit fund scam.
The move comes days after Mahua Moitra, TMC MLA from Karimpur filed a complaint under Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC on January 4 against Supriyo for allegedly insulting her on a television show.
Moitra told Indian Express, “I had never met Babul Supriyo before. On January 3, we appeared on a TV channel for a discussion on ‘Congress and Trinamool alleging political vendetta by Modi’. I was representing my party as an MLA, general secretary and national spokesperson. Babul made several unsubstantiated statements against my party… At the end of the show, he said twice — “Mahua are you on Mahua”… He meant I was drunk.”
“Mahua is a country alcohol used by tribals. I found this comment extremely derogatory, even the anchor of the show asked Supriyo not to make any personal comment. Since the programme was about to end, I couldn’t respond. I then decided to lodge a complaint against him,” she added.
Supriyo who filed the defamation case in Tiz Hazaari court in New Delhi said: “Moitra was making false allegations on the TV show… she claimed I had siphoned off money outside India. She was speaking without logic. In jest, I said her name twice. If she found it derogatory, she is free to approach the court. I am ready to cooperate with the police. I don’t think it was derogatory. In fact, I believe she is too loud and was not ready to listen to anyone in the programme… After that programme, I decided to file a defamation suit against Mahua, about whom I did not know anything before.”
The BJP MP also said: “I have also sent defamation notices to Sougata Roy and Tapas Paul, who have dragged my name in the Rose valley scam without any evidence… This, I had decided long ago… since I was being dragged into the matter unnecessarily.”