Digvijay Singh gets anticipatory bail, vows revenge against Nitin Gadkari
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In his petition, Gadkari had alleged that Singh had levelled defamatory allegations against him to lower his dignity in the public at large and it was made with wrongful intent to malign and tarnish his image.
"I am grateful to Gadkari for giving me the opportunity to say in court what I had said before the press," Singh said.
"I stick to my comments (regarding Gadkari). I just need to do more research," he said.
The Congress leader also said, "My aim is to highlight what BJP is upto while it says its fighting against corruption", adding that he has no "personal ill will" towards Gadkari.
The court has slated the matter for further proceedings on January 31.
Earlier, Gadkari had said that Singh had deliberately projected him as a business partner of Sancheti with whom he has neither any links nor did he receive any benefit from him.
In his complaint, Gadkari has said the Congress-led UPA government is facing a lot of heat on account of its irregularities as brought out by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in coal blocks allocation and accused Singh of making baseless allegations against him to divert attention from the issue.
The court on October 16 had reserved its order on the complaint after recording statements of two witnesses - Gadkari and BJP National Secretary Bhupinder Yadav, also a Rajya Sabha MP.
In his statement to the court, Yadav had said on September 3, he read news articles in various newspapers about the alleged business relations between Gadkari and Sancheti and it was "totally false" that Gadkari had earned Rs 490 crore from coal allocation through Sancheti.
Yadav had also said the news was "defamatory".
The court had also recorded the statement of an authorised representative of a national English daily in which the alleged defamatory statement of Singh was published.