Chandigarh : Haryana's Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan Thursday filed a defamation suit against his own Congress party's state working president Ram Prakash for accusing him of cross-voting in the presidential poll.
In his plea before the district and session court here, Chander Mohan, who is the elder son of former chief minister and Congress leader Bhajan Lal, has charged Ram Prakash and a local newspaper of trying to defame him.
Ram Prakash had last week issued a statement saying that Chander Mohan had voted against United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pratibha Patil in the July 19 presidential poll.
Patil took over as India's 12th president Wednesday after getting elected last week.
In his plea, the deputy chief minister sought to know from where Ram Prakash got the information about his vote since the voting was through a secret ballot.
Chander Mohan had sharply reacted to the statement saying Ram Prakash had lost his mental balance.
Ram Prakash's statement was seen here as building the ground for ensuring Chander Mohan's exit from the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.
A four-time legislator, Chander Mohan was made deputy chief minister in March 2005 to placate Bhajan Lal after he was pipped to the post of chief minister by Hooda.