Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has been summoned by the Sangrur court in Punjab on Monday in connection with a defamation case filed against him by the Bajrang Dal.
The summons was issued on a petition filed by Hitesh Bhardwaj, the founder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Bajrang Dal Hind and a resident of Sangrur stated a report in Dainik Bhaskar. This comes after Kharge compared the Bajrang Dal organisation with PFI, sparking controversy during the Karnataka elections.
Hitesh Bhardwaj filed a defamation case worth Rs 100 crore against Kharge for his derogatory remarks against the Bajrang Dal during the recently concluded Karnataka elections. The court of Civil Judge (Senior Division), Ramandeep Kaur, has summoned Kharge to appear on July 10. Bhardwaj claimed that the Congress party compared the Bajrang Dal with anti-national organizations and even promised to ban the organization if they came to power in Karnataka.
Bhardwaj stated that he found the comparison between the Bajrang Dal and anti-national organisations, as well as the promise to ban the organisation, in the Congress party’s manifesto on page number 10. He approached the court to file a defamation case against Kharge and seek compensation for the alleged harm caused by the remarks.