Digvijay Singh removed the objectionable post, but the court asked for a written apology

The Thane magistrate court has directed veteran Congress leader Digvijay Singh to tender a written apology under his signature for uploading an alleged derogatory post on X (formerly Twitter) against former RSS chief Golwalkar Guruji.

On Thursday, a lawyer appearing for Singh submitted before the court that the objectionable social media posts have been removed and thus there is no reason to further drag out the defamation complaint filed in the court against the veteran Congress leader.

However, advocates Aditya Mishra and Surbhi Pandey, appearing for the complainant, RSS volunteer Vivek Champanerkar, opposed the closure of the case without a written apology from Singh.

Champanerkar had filed a civil defamation suit against Singh in the magistrate court and prayed that the court direct him to recover Rs 1 from the Congress leader as compensation and damages for the defamatory post made by him on social media on July 8, 2023. Give the right to.

Champanerkar had claimed that Singh’s post has “highly defamed the plaintiff’s organisation, i.e. RSS, and has caused great hurt to Champanerkar personally, hence Singh is liable to be punished under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The offense may be prosecuted and punished and the fraudulent act of defamation shall also be prosecuted.”

The magistrate court had issued summons to Singh on October 6, 2023. However, Singh did not appear before the court.

After hearing both the sides on Thursday, Magistrate P Suryavanshi adjourned the hearing of the case till January 29, but directed that Singh submit an apology letter signed by him to the court.