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SC dismisses Swamy's petition

NEW DELHI, APRIL 16. The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by the Janata Dal president, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, seeking dismissal of a Rs. 50 lakh suit by the former Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, against him in Delhi High Court. A bench comprising Mr. Justice S. Rajendra Babu and Mr. Justice K. G. Balakrishnan said it was not inclined to interfere in the hearings of the suit at this stage and dismissed the petition.

Mr. Jethmalani had filed the suit seeking Rs. 50 lakhs as damages from Dr. Swamy, accusing him of making certain statements during the Jain Commission hearing in 1993, linking him to LTTE which tarnished his image and caused loss to his reputation.

The High Court had framed issues but Dr. Swamy made an application seeking rejection of Mr. Jethmalani's suit on the ground that it did not disclose any cause of action and that the suit was barred by Sec. 6 of the Commission of Inquiry Act.

- PTI

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