Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh): Amid ongoing panchayat polls across the state, state cabinet minister Vijay Shah and his son Divyaditya Shah have sent a defamation notice of Rs 11 crore to the Congress backed rival candidate Mukesh Durbar.
Shah accused Durbar of maligned his image by making a false accusation against him and his son during election campaigning without having any reasonable proof.
The minister sent the defamation notice Rs 11 crore which include 10 crores for tarnishing his image and Rs one crore for denting his son’s image.
Local sources, however, claim that Divyaditya Shah already emerged victorious from district panchayat ward No 14 by a huge margin of 29,000 votes, but officials' announcement of results is pending so far.
Advocate Abhishek Pagare said that he sent a defamation notice to Congress-backed candidate Mukesh Darbar on June 24, 2022. In the notice, it was mentioned that his client Divyaditya (31), son of Vijay Shah, a resident of Khalwa village in Khandwa district contested the election from Ward No 14 of the district panchayat by getting the support of the BJP.
Divyaditya Shah continues his election campaigning in the area under the Model Code of Conduct.
After Divyaditya started getting immense public support, his rival candidate Mukesh Darbar spread rumours on social media and TV news channels by giving false information about his client and his father Vijayshah, an advocate Pagare said.
Mukesh Darbar tarnished the image of Divyaditya and his father Vijayshah by making allegations without any evidence. All the allegations are baseless and false. During the election campaign, rumours and assumptions were made on the basis of complaints, advocate Pagare added.
Pagare further said that earlier, Mukesh Darbar with an intention to tarnish the image of Divyaditya and his minister's father Vijayshah image had used unparliamentary language along the lines of the slogan ‘Luto Re’. Upset with this, his client had sent the defamation notice of a total of Rs 11 crore to Darbar.
On the other hand, Mukesh Darbar claimed that the minister and his son were trying to suppress him, but he won't bow down.