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Ahmedabad Court Summons The Wire Publishers Over Jay Shah Defamation case

Team SoOLEGAL 25 Oct 2017 1:53pm

Ahmedabad Court Summons The Wire Publishers Over Jay Shah Defamation case

The Ahmedabad court on Tuesday issued summons to The WIRE reporters and five editors in a criminal defamation case filed by Jay Shah, son of BJP president Amit Shah, against news portal The Wire for publishing a story that the turnover of Jay Shah's company jumped 16,000 times after the Modi government came to power in 2014.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SK Gadhvi issued summonses to journalist Rohini Singh, five editors and the non-profit company that publishes The Wire. The summonses are returnable by 13 November.

The metropolitan court issued summonses after it prima facie found that a case of defamation punishable with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both under section 500 of IPC was made out against all the seven respondents.

The order was issued after considering the depositions of three witnesses, including Jay Amit Shah, as well as documentary evidences produced by his lawyer SV Raju.

Making his submissions on Tuesday, Raju said, "The article was not published in good faith and was aimed at tarnishing the reputation of his client".

Before issuing summonses, the court conducted an inquiry into the complaint under Cr PC section 202 to ascertain whether there was sufficient ground for proceeding against the respondents.

In his application, Shah prayed for criminal action against the respondents for "defaming and tarnishing" his reputation by publishing an article, which was "scandalous, frivolous, misleading, derogatory, libelous and consisting of several defamatory statements."  [with inputs from PTI]

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