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Defamation case Against Rediff.com for Article on Jayalalithaa’s Health Dismissed by Madras High Court [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 20 Oct 2020 6:43pm

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The defamation proceedings initiated by the State against the Chairman, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and reporter of Rediff.com for a news article dated July 10th, 2015 in the media was accused that the media is not showing reporting properly about the then Chief Minister of State Jayalalithaa’ deteriorating health is been quashed by the single judge bench of Justice P. N. Prakash of Madras High Court, Justice said “ A genuine assessment of the state of affairs of the administration at a given point of time cannot amount to defamation “, he also added that the state is seeing the article as bits and pieces whereas it should be seen as a whole. 

The court further said that “The press has a duty to keep public informed about the happenings in the administration of the State. If this freedom is stifled, rumors and gossips will masquerade as truth”. It also said that Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India is pure, though it can be restricted on the grounds set under Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India. The bench also said that there has been no reference to any particular ailment of the Chief Minister. 

The complaint filed by the government said that petitioners are liable to be punished under Section 499 r/w 500 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and alleged that due to the article published in the online website the Chief Minister was defamed with respect to the discharge of public function.

The Court further said that “The above article… Continue Reading...


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