A Delhi court on Tuesday took cognisance of the criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP MP Smriti Irani against Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam for allegedly using derogatory and indecent language against her during a debate on a private news channel.
"The case is listed for order on taking cognisance of the offences alleged in the complaint. In view of the law laid down... the cognisance of the offence under section 499 (defamation) and 503 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC is taken," Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja said.
Taking cognizance of BJP's Rajya Sabha member Irani, the court asked her to have her statement recorded in connection with the allegations levelled against Nirupam.
Irani, who was present in the court, recorded her statement during which the magistrate asked media persons present there to vacate the courtroom.
"A prima facie opinion regarding summoning of respondent (Nirupam) qua the said sections shall only be made after examination-on-oath of the complainant," the court said.
The recording of Irani's statement in the court went on for about 45 minutes in which she reportedly gave details of the alleged derogatory remarks made by Nirupam against her.
The court recorded Irani's statement and slated the matter for February 7 for recording the statements of other complainant witnesses after the BJP MP submitted a list of some witnesses.
While talking to media persons after the proceedings, Irani said as "the matter is sub-judice, I don't want to comment."
Nirupam had allegedly made the controversial remarks on December 20, 2012 during a debate on Gujarat assembly election results on a news channel.
Nirupam had also allegedly questioned the credentials of Mahila Morcha chief Irani to analyse poll results given her background as a TV actress.
Nirupam on December slammed actor-turned-politician Irani while speaking at a live TV debate and said: "Aap toh TV pe thumke lagati thi, aaj chunavi vishleshak ban gayi (You used to dance on TV and today you have become a political analyst)."
Nirupam later clarified his alleged 'sexist' and derogatory remarks against Irani and said his comments were taken out of context.
"Smriti Irani things (have been) taken out of context (and) people have to see the full debate and understand the context," Nirupam tweeted.
Image: File photo of Nanki Sanjay Nirupam.