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The Patiala House Court at Delhi today issued summons to London-based lawyer Sarosh Zaiwalla in the defamation case filed against him by Senior Advocate and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Dr Abhishek Singhvi v. Sarosh Zaiwalla).
Advocates Jaiveer Shergill and Vijay Aggarwal appeared for Singhvi.
Singhvi had claimed that Zaiwalla, in his book titled Honour Bound, made defamatory remarks against his late father LM Singhvi in relation to the Bofors deal.
In his book, Zaiwalla made a reference that then External Affairs Minister Madhav Singh Solanki said that a certain Indian lawyer gave him an envelope containing a letter urging the Swiss government to close its inquiry into the kickbacks received by Indian politicians in the Bofors deal.
To debunk the rumours that the lawyer who handed the envelope was himself, Zaiwalla mentioned in his book that journalist Vir Sanghvi told him that the lawyer might have been LM Singhvi. Sanghvi later wrote a letter to Singhvi denying that he made any such comment.
Singhvi had subsequently sent a legal notice to Zaiwalla, claiming that the contents of the book have no iota of truth, and that there was a deliberate and malicious attempt to defame LM Singhvi, who was a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India, a Parliamentarian in both Houses, and India’s longest serving High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.