Kolkata, Feb 19: A designated MP/MLA court in
West Bengal issued summons to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on
Friday to appear either personally or through a lawyer before
it on February 22 in connection with a defamation case lodged
against him by Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee.

The special judge of MP/MLA court at Bidhannagar
directed that Shah is "required to appear in person/by
pleader" at 10 am on that day.

The judge directed that Shah's attendance either
personally or through a lawyer is necessary to answer to a
charge of defamation under section 500 of the Indian Penal
Code (IPC).

In a press note, Abhishek Banerjee's lawyer Sanjay
Basu claimed that Shah had made certain defamatory statements
against the TMC MP on August 11, 2018 at a rally of the BJP at
Mayo Road in Kolkata.