Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain addresses a press conference regarding the CBI raid at his office in Amritsar, Dec. 31, 2016. Jain has filed two criminal defamation complaints against government leaders in Delhi. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendra Jain has filed two criminal defamation complaints, one against sacked Water Minister Kapil Mishra and the other against BJP legislator Manjinder Singh Sirsa, court sources said May 19.

The matter will be taken up by court in New Delhi May 29.

Jain has accused Mishra, who has also been suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party, of making defamatory statements against him.

"On May 7, Mishra made a blatantly false, misleading, baseless and defamatory statement before the media that the complainant handed over Rs. two crore to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 5 at his residence," Jain said in his complaint before the court.

"Mishra went on to link me with some fictitious deals," Jain said.

The minister said Mishra has continued to make wild allegations and statements to the media and is creating public apprehension about the Delhi government. 

Jain said these the national media repeatedly reported the statements across all platforms – electronic, print and social – which caused immense damage to him and his family.

He also accused Rajouri Garden BJP legislator Manjinder Singh Sirsa of making defamatory statements.

"Such statements, without any basis, have been put in the public domain to damage the reputation of the complainant. It has become a habit with the accused to make and circulate such falsehoods," the minister added.

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