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Kolkata: BANKSHALL Court in Kolkata has issued a summon asking BJP leader Mukul Roy to appear in person in connection with a cognisable defamation suit filed by Trinamool MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.

Abhishek filed the suit yesterday over Mukul Roy’s claim that state-government promoted Biswa Bangla and Trinamool’s mouthpiece Jago Bangla are owned by Abhishek. Acting on this, judge Purba Kundu has asked Roy to appear in person on 20 December.

This came on a day Abhishek himself turned up before the judge and gave his statement accusing Roy of harming his reputation in public by hurling false allegations. Soumya Bakshi, the son of Trinamool MLA Smita Bakshi, also deposed before the judge saying that Roy’s allegations have harmed his perception about Abhishek.

“If Mukul Roy is able to probe the charges in a court of law, I shall quit politics. If he fails to prove his allegations, he must quit Bengal and politics,” Abhishek later told reporters while leaving the court. This is his first direct reaction to the charges hurled on him by the BJP leader, who was once the second-in-command in Trinamool.

Within hours of this, BJP leader Roy hit back. “Whatever I said is true and I am ready to stand in the trial in any court of law. I have documents to prove my claims,” he said.