A Mumbai Magistrate court on Monday issued notice to two lawyers in a criminal defamation complaint filed by former Chief Minister (CM) of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis who alleged that the two lawyers held a press conference and circulated a press note containing false statements against the former CM to malign his character..After recording the statement of Fadnavis on May 18, Metropolitan Magistrate NN Joshi conducted an investigation against Mumbai lawyers, Satish Ukey and Sameer Sheikh.The MM himself conducted a preliminary investigation before coming to the conclusion that a prima facie case was made out warranting further investigation.The Court, therefore, issued notice to the two summoning them to appear before the court. .The press note circulated by the accused alleged that Fadnavis was purportedly connected with the murder of an architect, Eknath Nimgadi, in Nagpur in relation to a plot of land which Fadnavis allegedly wanted to acquire. Fadnavis stated in his complaint that the press note circulated by the accused contained false statements and imputations which harmed and lowered his reputation..Fadnavis further claimed that many people read the press note which was circulated on WhatsApp and other social media channels which he came to know as several people enquired with him about the same."Many innocent people would tend to get misguided and misled by such blatantly false allegations," the complaint stated.Fadnavis further contended that the "allegations were not only false, but they were also false to the knowledge of the accused persons; they were a figment of the imagination of the accused persons"He claimed that the press conference, the press note, its distribution, publication were all defamatory. Fadnavis, therefore, sought action against the lawyers under Section 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)..Counsel Amogh Singh with advocate Ashish R Raghuvanshi appeared for Fadnavis.Detailed order is awaited.