Delhi High Court summons Natwar Singh

Staff Reporter

Notices issued on a defamation suit

Mr. Singh asked to be present in the Court on July 9

External Affairs Minister asked to file original documents of the matter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has summoned former Foreign Minister K. Natwar Singh and issued notices to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy on a defamation suit by well-know evangelist K.A. Paul.

Justice H. R. Malhotra of the Court directed Mr. Singh to be present in the Court on July 9, the next date of hearing.

He asked Mr. Mukherjee to make arrangement to file original documents connected with the matter in the Court on the next date of hearing.

Claiming a compensation of Rs. 1 crore, petitioner Dr. Paul through his counsel Surat Singh submitted that he had in July 2005 organised a tour to five countries under a peace mission titled “Global Peace Initiative” and former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda had agreed to accompany him.

But Mr. Singh one day called up Mr. Gowda, made certain defamatory remarks against Dr. Paul and persuaded him to withdraw from the peace mission, the suit said.

The result of the defamatory conduct of Mr. Singh was that Dr. Paul had suffered losses worth crores of rupees, the suit claimed.

Inauguration cancelled

The suit further said that the proposed inauguration of the Mahatma Gandhi-Martin Luther King-Paul Centre at Hyderabad had to be cancelled due a mala fide interference by Mr. Mukherjee in connivance with the Andhra Chief Minister.

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