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Complaint against Robert Vadra dismissed

November 09, 2012 22:49 IST

A local court on Friday dismissed a complaint filed against Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra for his reported comment 'mango man in banana republic' on a social networking site.

A Judicial Magistrate dismissed the complaint on the ground that it had no territorial jurisdiction to deal with it as the tweet was not made in his jurisdiction.

City-based lawyer A C Upadhyay had filed the complaint against Vadra in the Court of Metropolitan Magistrate on October 11 and on October 18 it was taken cognisance by the court.

Upadhyay had sought action against Vadra under sections 121-A (sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 500 and 501 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.

He had alleged in his complaint that Vadra has insulted the Constitution and citizens by making the comment which, he said, was a criminal offence.

The comment was made by Vadra on Facebook after a controversy broke out over his business deals with realty major DLF earlier this month. Vadra has since closed his Facebook account.

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