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Defamation case against Siddaramaiah: Court denies Owaisi relief

Defamation case against Siddaramaiah: Court denies Owaisi relief

Hyderabad: In a case of alleged defamatory speech by the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah against AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, the latter was denied relief. Siddaramaiah allegedly made the remarks in 2018 during polls in the state, reports Siasat.

The Karnataka CM said in a national channel then that the BJP and AIMIM had secret links to split the Muslim votes. Owaisi appealed to the additional chief judge in a defamation suit against Siddaramaiah as well as then home minister of state Ramalinga Reddy.

Owaisi, the Hyderabad MP, moved to the additional chief judge’s court after his appeal in the junior civil judge court in Hyderabad was dismissed. The court observed that such comments are normal in politics, despite Owaisi’s plea that the two ministers’ comments caused irreparable loss to him and his party, AIMIM.

After hearing the counsel for Siddaramaiah and Abhiram and Shivanna for Ramalinga Reddy, the additional chief judge dismissed Owaisi’s plea and ordered the trial court to dispose of the case.

In another news, Owaisi on Wednesday raised the issue of Indians being forced to fight in Ukraine alongside the Russian Army. He urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to take steps to bring back the 12 Indians.

He said the Prime Minister and the External Affairs Minister should take up the issue with Russia and bring the youth safely to India as their families are worried about their safety.

He claimed these unemployed youth were sent to Russia to work as security personnel at buildings. The men received basic weapons-handling training and were forced onto the battlefield. They were tricked into volunteering for the army and sent to fight in Mariupol, Kharkiv, and Donetsk, NDTV reported.

Owaisi told media persons that they included two youths from Telangana, three from Karnataka, two from Kashmir and one each from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. He said that after the family members of some of these youths met him, he wrote to Jaishankar and the Indian Ambassador in Russia.

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