Defamation row: HC to hear Bengal gov’s plea against CM on July 10

Kolkata, July 4 (UNI) The Calcutta High Court will hear a defamation suit filed by West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on July 10, court sources said on Thursday.

Bose filed the suit against Banerjee on June 28, a day after she said before the media that several women had told her that they were afraid to visit the Raj Bhawan.

During Thursday’s hearing, Justice Krishna Rao, observing that the defamation suit was filed on the basis of media reports, pointed out that the publications had not been made parties in the case and adjourned the hearing till July 10.

Justice Rao also directed that the media organizations should also be made parties in the matter.

Deputy Solicitor General Dhiraj Trivedi had appeared in court on behalf of the Governor.

Banerjee’s allegedly defamatory remarks against the Governor came close to an allegation of molestation made against Bose on May 2 by a contractual woman employee of Raj Bhawan. The Kolkata Police is probing the issue.

Bose had criticized Banerjee for her remarks, saying it was expected of public representatives not to create “erroneous and slanderous impressions”.

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