Leader of Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray faction and Member of Parliament Sanjay Raut has filed a criminal defamation complaint before a Mumbai court against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya for tweets put out by the latter against Raut. .In his plea, Raut said that since 2022, Somaiya has been publishing unwarranted defamatory statements on his Twitter account against Raut. “I was in shock and surprise when I noticed Somaiya’s tweets on his twitter account with defamatory statement against me. The defamatory statements from his twitter account made against me without having any strict proof is trying to malign my reputation in the eyes of society and public at large,” Raut stated. Raut claimed the statements were made to tarnish his image in public and are still available on Somaiya’s page. “The reason behind Somaiya indulging in making such slanderous statements on twitter is to defame my character and disrupt my goodwill which I have earned in the society after lots of hard work and years,” Raut emphasized in his complaint. He termed the same as character assasination without any proof.“Somaiya’s statements are destructive and divulging into character assassination without any proof. Such malicious statement, without any documentary or any proof, indicates Somaiya’s total irresponsible attitude,” Raut said. .In view of this, Raut prayed to the Magistrate at Mulund, Mumbai to take cognizance of the offences under section 499, 500 of Indian Penal Code and summon Somaiya as an accused.