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Delhi High Court directs Saket Gokhale to delete tweets defaming Lakshmi Puri [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 14 Jul 2021 10:46pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi High Court directs Saket Gokhale to delete tweets defaming Lakshmi Puri [READ JUDGMENT]

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (July 13, 2021) directed journalist Saketh Gokhale to take down his tweets alleging that former Assistant Secretary to the United Nations Lakshmi Puri had purchased a certain property in Switzerland disproportionate to her income. Gokhale has also been barred from posting any defamatory content against Puri and her husband, Union Minister Harshdeep Singh Puri, on any platform. 

Justice C Hari Shankar, in the order, has also directed Twitter to take down the tweets in case Gokhale fails to do so himself. 

Gokhale, in his tweets on June 13 and 26, referred to a property purchase by Puri in Switzerland and raised questions regarding her and her husband Harshdeep Singh Puri (Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs)’s assets. He tagged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the tweets while seeking an inquiry by the Enforcement Directorate. 

“If an ex-Indian civil servant who’s with the BJP bought an overseas house worth $2 million (with no income other than salary) while in service, will ED investigate it?” tweeted Gokhale on June 13. 

Challenging the remarks made in the posts, Lakshmi Murdeshwar Puri, through her counsel, filed a defamation suit seeking Rs. 5 crores in damages from Gokhale. She also sought directions from the court to take down or delete the tweets, wherein “false and factually incorrect, per se defamatory, slanderous, and libelous statements/imputations have been made by him” against her and her family. 

Despite Puri’s response on the substantive points of contention raised by Gokhale he… Continue Reading...

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