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Dismissing the suit, the Metropolitan Magistrate, Gulshan Kumar, said no offence had been made out against Mr. Tejpal. "Considering all the facts and the evidence laid down before the court, no offence was made out against Tejpal. Therefore, the suit is dismissed," Mr. Kumar held.
Mr. Tejpal had urged the court through an application to dismiss the suit at the initial stage saying that whatever he had written in his article put out on the news portal was true and therefore, he had not committed any offence.
Ms. Jaitly, along with her lawyers, was present in the courtroom when the Magistrate pronounced his judgment. Later talking to reporters, Ms. Jaitly said she would file an appeal against the Magistrate's order in a Sessions court.
In her suit, Ms. Jaitly had alleged that Mr. Tejpal had tarnished her image by linking her name with the expose which the portal had made and displayed on its website on corruption in defence deals in March 2001.
She had alleged that the statements attributed to her which the website had displayed were false.
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