Lahore July 7 (TNS): Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday filed a lawsuit in the court of district judge Lahore against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan under the Defamation Law-2002, seeking court directives for recovery of Rs10 billion from the latter for leveling baseless allegation against the former.
On May 8, Sharif issued a legal notice to Khan, demanding a public apology from Khan over his allegation that he was offered a Rs10 billion bribe by a close associate of Punjab CM to back away from the Panama case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Sharif family.
The PTI chief on TV talk shows and at public gatherings had alleged that Shahbaz Sharif through a closed aide offered him the exorbitant sum on the condition that he drop the case against the Sharif family.
Shahbaz in his lawsuit has requested the court of law to pass a decree against Khan for the recovery of Rs10 billion as compensation for damaging the public reputation of the plaintiff (Shahbaz) through false and defamatory statements having been widely communicated through electronic and print media, lowering the reputation of the plaintiff in the estimation of others.
The district judge while accepting the law suit has sought a reply from the PTI chief on July 21.