Mumbai, Sept. 21 -- Maharashtra transport minister Anil Parab has filed a defamation suit against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya in the Bombay high court (HC) on Tuesday for allegedly making "malicious and mala fide" statements, and demanded monetary damages of Rs.100 crore.

The Shiv Sena minister has also requested HC to direct Somaiya to tender an unconditional apology, contending that his reputation has been damaged by the BJP leader. He also sought a permanent injunction against the former BJP parliamentarian from making or publishing any such statement against him in the future.

Parab's lawyer Sushma Singh confirmed to HT that the suit was filed on Tuesday.

Responding to the defamation suit, Somaiya said, "This ...