A Mumbai Court today issued process (summons) to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on a defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya's wife Medha Somaiya.

The Sewri Metropolitan Magistrate's Court has directed Raut to appear before it on July 4.

Somaiya, in her complaint, has claimed that Raut had made baseless and completely defamatory allegations against her and her husband, accusing them of being involved in a scam worth Rs. 100 crore over the construction and maintenance of some public toilets under the jurisdiction of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation.

The statements made by the accused to the media are per se defamatory. The statements have been made to malign my character in the eyes of the general public, the complaint stated.

Somaiya urged the Court to issue process to Raut and begin proceedings against him on the charges of defamation as defined under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code.

Medha Somaiya has also filed a defamation suit against Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and sought damages of ₹ 100 crores before the Bombay High Court.

With PTI inputs