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Kolkata: BJP leader Mukul Roy has secured an anticipatory bail in the defamation suit filed against him by Trinamool MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.

Purba Kundu, metropolitan magistrate, 12th Court Kolkata, granted bail to Roy today on a personal bail bond of Rs 1,000. During a previous hearing, the judge had issued summon to Roy asking him to appear in the court in person today. [READ: In first public reaction, Abhishek challenges Mukul Roy to prove charges]

Abhishek had filed the defamation suit on 27 November over Roy’s claim that state-government promoted Biswa Bangla and Trinamool’s mouthpiece Jago Bangla are registered in the name of Abhishek. Roy had hurled the allegations during a public meeting in Kolkata on 10 November.

After appearing before the court today and securing the anticipatory bail, Roy told reporters that he is sticking by the claims he made on 10 November. [READ: In first BJP rally, Mukul Roy hits where it hurts Mamata Banerjee the most]

“I will produce documents from the Union corporate affairs ministry to prove that Abhishek owned Biswa Bangla, and the trademark for Jago Bangla is also owned by him. In his affidavit at Alipurduar court in north Bengal, he has claimed that he filed the ownership applications with Mamata Banerjee’s full knowledge,” Roy said.

“Mamata Banerjee has said in the state Assembly that she has given Biswa Bangla logo to the state government to be used for free. Now, my question is, if that be the case, how come Abhishek filed ownership claim for the same?” he added.

Roy said that he will submit documentary evidence to the court during the next hearing on 30 January.