The Delhi High Court has set aside a trial court order asking city police to further probe into the defamation complaint of Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary against Congress MP Naveen Jindal and 16 others,saying the magistrate shall not conduct any fishing or roving inquiry.
This court is of the view that the Metropolitan Magistrate has exceeded its jurisdiction in directing such a full-fledged investigation at the post-cognisance stage and,therefore,the impugned order deserves to be set aside, Justice Kailash Gambhir said.
A magisterial court had on January 15 asked the Delhi Police to investigate the defamation complaint against Jindal and 16 other officials of his firm Jindal Steel Power Ltd (JSPL) who were named in the complaint filed by Chaudhary. Allowing the plea of JSPL officials,Justice Gambhir,in his 118-page judgment,said,The order passed by the magistrate is grossly illegal,perverse,and if allowed to stand,the same will result in causing miscarriage of justice and serious prejudice to the rights of the petitioners.
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