New Delhi : A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed the joint application moved by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh to withdraw the criminal defamation complaint filed by the former against the latter.

Singh and Gadkari, who holds the porfolios of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, filed a joint application before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal seeking legal quietus of Gadkari’s private complaint, reports PTI.

“In the recent past, the respondent (Singh) and the complainant (Gadkari) met and in a private discussion, they have agreed that sometimes in the heat of political campaign, the statements are made which may not always be substantiated and, therefore, in the larger public interest, they have agreed to put an end to the present ongoing litigation,” the joint plea by both the politicians said.

The court allowed Gadkari to withdraw the complaint, noting that the matter has been amicably settled and both the leaders do not want to pursue it further.

The court had in December 2012 granted bail to the Congress leader in the case where he had allegedly accused the BJP leader of having business links with his party MP Ajay Sancheti.

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