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Mahua Moitra Defamation Case: Advocate Withdraws Suit Against TMC Leader

Advocate Withdraws Defamation Suit Against Mahua Moitra in Delhi High Court

Advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai withdrew his defamation case against Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mahua Moitra in the Delhi High Court on Thursday.

Justice Prateek Jalan recorded the withdrawal in his order, stating, “Learned counsel for the plaintiff upon instructions seeks permission to withdraw the suit, the suit is dismissed as withdrawn.

Dehadrai had filed the suit against Moitra, alleging that she made defamatory remarks against him, including labeling him as “jobless” and “jilted.”

During the hearing, Dehadrai’s counsel, advocate Raghav Awasthi, expressed readiness to withdraw the suit if Moitra agreed not to make palpably false statements against him. Moitra’s counsel, advocate Samudra Sarangi, assured to obtain instructions on this matter.

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Justice Jalan suggested that if both parties refrained from making personal allegations in public and resolved the dispute privately or before statutory authorities, it would benefit them. He proposed that the lawyers from both sides collaborate on drafting an order applicable to both parties.

Subsequently, Awasthi declared an unconditional withdrawal of the suit, which the Court permitted.

In the defamation suit, Dehadrai sought to restrain Moitra from making defamatory allegations and requested media organizations and online platforms to remove such content.

Earlier, Dehadrai accused Moitra of accepting bribes from businessman Darshan Hiranandani for raising questions in Parliament, leading to a complaint filed by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey.

In a separate defamation suit, Moitra sued Dehadrai and Dubey. However, the High Court rejected Moitra’s plea for interim injunction, stating that the allegations were not entirely false.

During a previous hearing, the Court cautioned both parties against making false statements, expressing willingness to issue injunction orders if necessary.

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