The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi in a defamation case filed by the Anil Ambani–led Reliance Group. The company had filed a Rs 5,000-crore defamation case against Singhvi for making “false and defamatory” statements while talking about the Rafale fighter jet deal.The single bench justice Paresh Upadhyay has issued notice to the Congress leader and legal practitioner Singhvi asking to file reply within fifteen days. The court is hearing a petition filed by the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group for making baseless and false allegation against the company.Group’s Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd has filed the defamation case with the Amreli District’s Rajula civil court. Allegation against the respondent is, “false, defamatory and libellous statements” in connection with the contract awarded in the Rafale deal.” The petition was returned by the Rajula Court citing reason that it is not it jurisdiction and hence the petitioner had to approach the high court challenging the order.Respondent Singhvi on November 30th in Delhi had alleged that Union Finance Minister is fooling the nation by making false claim that it has not waived loan of big defaulters. He had added that, “We all know that top 50 corporates owe Rs 8.35 lakh crore to banks and of those, the three top Gujarat-based companies — Reliance (Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group), Adani and Essar — owe Rs 3 lakh crore.”In the said allegation Singhvi had also dragged it group’s defence arm in the allegations, which had nothing to do with the government.
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