Refrain from defamatory remarks, HC tells Arnab Goswami

Tharoor had last week filed a civil defamation suit, seeking Rs two crore in damages against Republic TV for making allegedly defamatory remarks against him.

Written by Manish Raj | New Delhi | Published:May 30, 2017 5:47 am
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The Delhi High Court on Monday asked journalist Arnab Goswami and his Republic TV channel not to make defamatory remarks against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor while issuing them a notice. Tharoor had last week filed a civil defamation suit, seeking Rs two crore in damages against Republic TV for making allegedly defamatory remarks against him.

Tharoor’s lawyer, Salman Khurshid, said the suit did not seek a gag order. He said it sought to restrain the channel and Goswami from making remarks until the police investigation into the death of Tharoor’s wife was complete.

Khurshid asked for justification of the remarks. Goswami’s lawyer, Sandeep Sethi, said the remarks were not created but based on facts. He added the defendants had invited Tharoor on their show. He said that he will advise his client to tone down. Sethi said that a written reply justifying the remarks will be filed.

Justice Manmohan said Tharoor had the right to remain silent. “But the defendants could investigate the case. While they could do fair and factual reporting, Tharoor could not be called names, much less declared guilty of any offence.” The court listed the matter for August 16 and provided six weeks for filing replies.

Tharoor had sought “permanent prohibitory injunction for restraining the defendants from reporting any news, or broadcasting any show” regarding the death his wife, Sunanda Pushkar, until the probe was complete.

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    sagar
    Jun 2, 2017 at 12:49 am
    After Republic should be now Times Now. Reason is Times Now linked Salman Kurshid who is fighting for Triple Talaq case, is now considered to have link with terrorists both in Kashmir to Mumbai How can channel tell judges anti-national? It is to be noted My Lord.
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    Sridhar Kalalae Seshadri
    May 30, 2017 at 11:45 am
    I feel that Tharoor must have had a hand in throwing out Arnab from Times Now......This is just my feel...coz the first investigation to be reopened was that of Tharoor.
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