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Delhi HC refuses to Quash Defamatory Suit Against Aroon Purie for Article in India Today

Lawstreet Journal 9 Apr 2021 7:10pm

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On Wednesday (April 7, 2021), the Delhi High Court refused to quash a criminal defamation case that had been filed against Aroon Purie pertaining to an article published in India Today magazine, edition dated April 30, 2007. 

The said order was passed by a single judge Bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna. 

This case pertains to a news item 'Mission Misconduct.’

While defending himself, Purie stated that allegations of sexual harassment and financial irregularity were made against the Complainant along with steps taken for initiation of disciplinary proceedings as at the time of the publication of the said news item. Therefore, he submitted that the impugned item only reported a fact that was well within the public record. 

He submitted that as per Section 202 CrPC(mandatory enquiry into where the accused was residing), Section 196 (2)(previous sanction of the Central Government or of the State Government or of the District Magistrate for certain offences) and Section 197 CrPC(Prosecution of Judges and public servants), the summoning order was liable to be quashed. 

The Respondent called it "unsubstantiated and un verified defamatory story" and said that India Today published it with absence of a basis. He also highlighted how the story had been published prior to the him receiving any show-cause as for the alleged misconducts. 

He further explained his agony by saying that the contents of the article still haunt him even after he has retired and is still determined to pursue the litigation. 

The Court took note of all the arguments and said that… Continue Reading...

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