Delhi HC refuses to restrain Arnab Goswami and Republic TV from airing news on Sunanda Pushkar’s death

The politician has alleged that despite assurances given in the court on May 29 by the counsel for Goswami and Republic TV, they were engaged in "defaming and maligning" him.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 8, 2017 3:36 pm
arnab goswami, republic tv, shashi tharoor, sunanda pushkar, sunanda pushkar death, sunanda pushkar case, india, indian express news Justice Manmohan issued notice to Arnab Goswami and the channel and sought their responses on Tharoor’s plea to restrain them. (File photo)

The Delhi High Court today refrained from passing any interim order restraining TV journalist Arnab Goswami and his news channel Republic TV from airing any news or debate in connection with Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death case.

Justice Manmohan issued notice to Goswami and the channel and sought their responses on Tharoor’s plea to restrain them from allegedly misreporting the contents of court proceedings related to Pushkar’s death. The court said the matter required detailed hearing and only after that, a detailed order could be passed on it.

It also observed that the Congress leader has not shown any law by which investigation cannot be done by the journalist. “Show me that after the first date of hearing (May 29), he (Goswami) has called you a murderer,” the judge said, adding “I cannot dictate what should be the editorial policy of a news channel”.

“Not (any interim order) at this point,” the court said and directed Goswami, Republic TV to file their responses with regard to Tharoor’s application seeking direction not to make any defamatory publication against him in any manner.

The Congress leader has alleged that after the last date of hearing on August 16, the journalist and his channel continued to indulge in misreporting and had broadcast an 8-hour programme on September 4 related to his wife’s death.

Tharoor moved a fresh application through advocate Gaurav Gupta in the pending rupee two crore civil defamation suit filed against Goswami and the Republic TV for allegedly making defamatory remarks against him while airing news on the death of Pushkar.

Senior advocate Sandeep Sethi, appearing for Goswami and the channel, opposed Tharoor’s fresh application saying “we have not made any accusations while airing the news.”

Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a five-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014. The matter is still under investigation. In their affidavit filed before the high court, the journalist and the channel said they have neither “condemned” Tharoor, nor suggested that he was involved in the death of his wife pushkar. They have have also denied that Tharoor was called “the killer” of his wife by him or the channel, as alleged by the Congress MP.

The politician has alleged that despite assurances given in the court on May 29 by the counsel for Goswami and Republic TV, they were engaged in “defaming and maligning” him.

The Congress leader had also sought direction to them that they should not mention the expression “murder of Sunanda Pushkar” anywhere, since it is yet to be established by a competent court whether her death was “murder”.

The court had on May 29 said the journalist and his news channel could put out stories stating the facts related to the investigation of Pushkar’s death, but could not call the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram a “criminal”. It had also told their counsel to reduce the rhetoric.

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  1. Camilla Sunshine
    Sep 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm
    Good. Now perhaps, Arnab can entice viewers/skyrocket ratings with a week of 'New Questions Nightly" 1. Frequency of Viscera sent to foreign Labs for conclusive results after forsensics performed at AIIMS. 2. All communications (phone, text, email, etc) ...from the date Kerala Flight to Delhi was reserved, including first reservation at Leela (not room 345). 3. All communications from date published to acceptance to attend /speaker event in Delhi. 4. All perscriptions POCs in selected time window processed at Pharmacy where driver (B) supposedly picked up medication(s). 5. Investigative Journalism culminating with an interesting outcome for close of first week. Based on all the info in 2., 3., 4., all being long gone......timing was Everything - so very sad.
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      V M
      Sep 8, 2017 at 6:49 pm
      We have a very strong lobby for congress Mataji Sonia. They are hiding facts about her bringing up in an Italian fascist family. Her devotees are leftovers of colonial setup congress party. Hopefully mataji will be getting justice for her looting and building mansions in her Italian village.
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        din
        Sep 8, 2017 at 6:25 pm
        Arnab speaks out without fear of any politicians he is impartial and does not care about any other bias media IF Shasi had any answer for Arnab why does not he clarify to the public why he was having a meeting when Sunanda was either dying or dead in the same room - NO REMORSE OR SADNESS SEEN IN HIM
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          sdas
          Sep 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm
          Sashi Tharoor is always complaining and maligning people. For once, he is on the receiving block and from no less than Arnab Goswami. Let the truth be revealed.
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            Bharat Maa
            Sep 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm
            Arnab n d chanell is paid by feku team so how can a judge be impartial. Whole india knows aboutarnab n his tv but bhakts are blind to c tv n get facts.
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            1. Anantharamu g
              Sep 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm
              Arnab and republic is the only true and impartial news channel rest all are just slaves of italian mafia party.
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                V M
                Sep 8, 2017 at 6:40 pm
                Devotee of Sonia mataji is trying to hide that she is an Italian brought up in fascist family. Using Bharat to deceive readers! Shame!
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              2. Sanjay Kulkarni
                Sep 8, 2017 at 5:32 pm
                Arnab is doing a good job.
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                bitterhoney
                Sep 8, 2017 at 4:21 pm
                Arnab Goswami seems to be on PMO assignment, no court can restrict him. On the other hand court is asking Maya Kodnani to bring Amit Shah, the fugitive who is untraceable. Why does court not order the police to bring Amit Shah to court?
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                1. mrityunjay kumar
                  Sep 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm
                  i am glad you clarified.. i was still wondering who let the dogs out!!
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