Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, on Monday, recorded his statement before a Delhi court in a criminal complaint against Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for allegedly defaming him.
The BJP leader gave his submissions before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Harpreet Singh. Claimed that the Congress leader and Rajasthan chief minister's statements defamed him, the Union Jal Shakti minister told the court that Gehlot was leveling false allegations against him.
He resonated that Gehlot was doing so out of frustration caused by the defeat of his son at the hands of the BJP leader. The court posted the matter, of which it had taken cognizance on March 4, for Tuesday for further proceedings. In his complaint, Shekhawat has claimed Gehlot defamed him by accusing him of involvement in the alleged 'Sanjivani' scam.
Meanwhile, Gehlot has alleged Shekhawat was involved in the Sanjivani Credit Cooperative Society scandal in which lifetime savings of more than one lakh people totaling more than Rs 900 crore were "looted".
"There is irreparable damage caused to his (Shekhawat) reputation," the complaint claimed. Shekhawat claimed in the complaint that Gehlot’s defamatory remarks aim to tarnish Shekhawat's image and adversely impact his political career.
(With PTI inputs)