CM says mud- slinging at family members not tolerable

BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and his wife Sadhna Singh deposed in the court of the local CJM on Tuesday in connection with a defamation suit filed by the duo against the leader of opposition Ajay Singh. Chauhan told the court that mud- singling at his family members was not tolerable.

Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh had dragged his family members into politics just to enhance his stature in the Congress camp, Chuahan said.

He said, “ In politics, up to a certain limit, is okay to discredit one’s political opponent by malicious attacks but it is not justified to drag the family members.” Sadhna Singh, in her deposition, said that she was a housewife and a socialworker and that she was quite upset when she was described as the currency note- counting machine by Ajay Singh. “ I could not sleep in the night”, she told the court.

CM’s counsel Deepesh Joshi said, “ Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and his wife Sadhna Singh Chauhan both deposed in the court of CJM Sanjay Pandey.” Later, interacting with the media on the court premises he alleged that leader of opposition Ajay Singh was defaming him and his family members without any evidence.

Chauhan said, “ I and my family members are mentally hurt and harassed with such low- level politics of Singh as he tried to defame our family without any evidence.

Singh did it because of my increasing popularity in politics. I have preferred legal option to give befitting reply. The baseless allegations were damaging as they were published in widely- circulated dailies in the state.” “ The amount which I will get through libel suit, I will spend for Uttarakhand tragedy- affected families,” CM added.

CM and his wife have demanded damages of Rs 1 crore from the Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh for making corruption accusations against the couple. Ajay Singh had reportedly dubbed Chauhan’s wife as ‘ money counting machine’ at a rally at Khargone on June 4, 2013 and Sagar on June 9, 2013 this year and it was published in a section of media.

Earlier, the Chief Minister had issued a legal notice to Ajay, demanding unconditional apology. The next hearing in the case will be on August 16.

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