Army Major files defamation suit against prospective bride, in-laws

Mubarak Ansari
Sunday, 15 April 2018

Pune: The District Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the prospective father-in-law and mother-in-law of an Army Major posted in Pune, against whom a magistrate’s court had issued a summons in a defamation case filed by the officer. 

The duo had filed complaints with the Army Chief and the Prime Minister Office (PMO) and posted messages on social media against the Major. Based on their complaint, the Southern Command conducted a Court of Inquiry (CoI), which found that the allegations are desultory in nature. 

Pune: The District Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the prospective father-in-law and mother-in-law of an Army Major posted in Pune, against whom a magistrate’s court had issued a summons in a defamation case filed by the officer. 

The duo had filed complaints with the Army Chief and the Prime Minister Office (PMO) and posted messages on social media against the Major. Based on their complaint, the Southern Command conducted a Court of Inquiry (CoI), which found that the allegations are desultory in nature. 

The officer filed a private complaint before the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Pune Cantonment Court, in 2017 against the accused who are residents of Panchkula, Haryana, and his prospective bride, who works in Dubai. 

Major’s complaint 
As per the complaint, the officer met the girl in Chandigarh in 2015. In September that year, she ‘compelled’ him to meet her parents for marriage. He was posted in Chandimandir then. “Her father compelled me to travel for getting married and the date was fixed March 3, 2017. I filed an application for leave with Head Quarters. They asked me to go to Dubai and I went there in February. I learnt she was staying with her ex-boyfriend in Dubai. When I told her father, he threatened to file a case against me and destroy my career,” the complaint stated. 

Accused persons’ complaint 
“He (The officer) was engaged to another girl in 2013. An anonymous caller warned us he had relationships with three girls and ditched them all. His intentions were bad with my daughter, her employer and friends ... and forcibly took her debit card... He has AWL (absent without leave) case and is a fraudster,” the complaint filed by the girl’s father stated. The magistrate issued summons to the accused persons as a prima facie case is made out against them. 

Dist court proceedings 
The accused challenged the issuance of summons order in the Pune district court. “We filed the complaint before the Army authorities and its copy was sent to the office of the Prime Minister of India. There is no publication of the alleged defamation in the eyes of law,” their complaint stated. 
Additional Sessions Judge MR Purwar, while dismissing the revision petition of accused on April 13, stated, “When the complaint was given to Army and PMO and defamed complainant on social media, prima facie it cannot be said that there is no publication of defamation.”

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