Maharashtra minister Munde had filed defamation suit against partner before rape charge

Greater than a month before Maharashtra minister for social justice Dhananjay Munde was accused by a lady of rape, he had filed a defamation suit against her sister.

Munde had claimed he was in a relationship with the complainant’s sister they usually even had two kids. Munde claimed that his household and associates knew about their relationship.

Just a few months before the complainant filed the rape case, Munde’s live-in partner had began placing intimate photos and movies of the 2 on social media. So, on December 4, Munde filed a defamation suit before the Bombay Excessive Courtroom looking for a keep on his partner posting any of his personal photos and movies on social media.

Within the suit, he additionally sought damages from her. However as an interim aid, he solely wished that the girl mustn’t publish their intimate pictures and movies on social media.

Quickly after the plea was filed, on December 16, a single bench of justice AK Menon heard Munde’s lawyer Sharan Jagtiani who stated, “Although the plaintiff does seek damages for defamation, the plaintiff (Munde) will not be pressing for damages.” Nonetheless, what he sought was “to protect the plaintiff’s right to privacy.”

The court docket famous in its order the arguments made by Munde’s attorneys that his live-in partner, who had posted some materials on Fb, was meaning to publish some extra such intimate materials of the 2 on social media.

The court docket order of December 16 states, “The relationship between the parties is admitted in the plaint and no attempt has been made by the plaintiff (Munde) to distance himself from the said relationship, as set out in the plaint. What the plaintiff seeks to protect is his right to privacy as far as photographs and video recordings are concerned.”

Munde, in his plea, had sought that, “pending the hearing and final disposal of the present suit, this Court be pleased to pass an interim order of injunction against the defendant (Munde’s partner) restraining her from distributing or publishing any private photo, private video or private audio-recording of the plaintiff or containing the plaintiff in any print, electronic or social media platform including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp.”

Munde’s partner was not represented within the listening to and the court docket had granted the interim aid to Munde ex-parte. And the case will now be heard on February 1.

The minister denied the allegations of rape. Munde claimed that he’s being blackmailed by the complainant and her sister.

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