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Defamation case against former Himachal CM Prem Kumar Dhumal withdrawn

Shimla : A defamation case filed against senior BJP leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was withdrawn by the complainant as the matter was pending before a single bench of Himachal Pradesh High Court.

Congress leader and former chief minister Virbhadra Singh had filed the criminal defamation case against Prem Kumar Dhumal, and his two sons Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Shimla.

In his plea, Dhumal, who has moved to Himachal Pradesh High court, contended that the defamation case have already withdrawn against Former Union Finance Minister (late) Arun Jaitley but the complainant decided to continue this case against him.

Notably, Prem Kumar Dhumal and others had challenged the summoning orders issued by the lower court in this criminal defamation case filed against them before the High Court.

Now this matter was pending before the single bench of court of Justice Vivek Singh Thakur.

Proceedings of this had stayed by the HC hearing of the ongoing defamation case against Prem Kumar Dhumal.

According to the case, Virbhadra Singh had filed a criminal defamation case against Prem Kumar Dhumal and Arun Jaitley, but on 27 May 2014, he withdrew the case only against Arun Jaitley.

Thereafter, CJM Shimla summoned the defendants on 26.9.2014 on behalf of Virbhadra Singh after recording the preliminary statements of the witnesses in the case.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has been accused of favouring a private firm, had filed defamation cases against BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Prem Kumar Dhumal.

He also named Mr Dhumal’s son Anurag Thakur in a case that accuses these leaders of dragging his name.

Virbadra Singh recently passed away after prolonged illnesses at Shimla and his Son Vikramditya Singh have filed an affidavit before the high court that complaint has been withdrawn before the CJM court.

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