In the defamation-case filing, Cohen raised the possibility of invoking his constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination if the stay is not granted, which would allow him to refuse to testify.
The defamation suit against AAP leader Kumar Vishwas will continue as he has not offered to settle the matter. Jaitley, Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders had moved a joint settlement plea before two different judges of the High Court.
The curtailment of an individual writer or author's freedom of speech and expression should never be lightly viewed. Any person who feels that his good name is being tarnished is entitled to vindicate himself by filing for damages. But to gag the press is illogical.
A single bench of high court also directed NSE to pay Rs 50 lakh in damages. According to the high court order, the National Stock Exchange will have to pay Rs 1.5 lakh each as damages to Basu and Dalal.