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HC restrains Zee Media from issuing ads against journalist Rajat Sharma

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Friday restrained Zee from issuing any advertisement in print or containing the name of veteran of TV and directed that the ads be removed within three days.

The order came on a plea by Sharma, the of Independent Service Private Ltd (TV), seeking direction to the group to immediately take down the advertisements issued by its channel by "malafidely" using the journalist's name.

Justice Jayant Nath, in an ex-parte order, said reference to Sharma's name in the advertisement was prima facie illegal and the media group cannot be permitted to do it.

"Balance of convenience is also in favour of the plaintiff (Sharma). The defendants (and its managing director) are restrained from issuing any advertisements in the print media, TV channels or otherwise which contain the name of the plaintiff. They will within three days remove any hoarding which has reference to the name of the plaintiff," the court said.

The court also issued summons to the and its managing 10 on the plaint.

In the advertisement, the had used the phrase "me ab band".

The plea filed through T Singhdev stated that since 1993, had been running the show 'Ki Adalat' on Zee TV and thereafter, it was telecast on Star Plus and now is being telecast on his channel

The has started an advertisement or promotion campaign against the show run by Sharma, it said, adding it violated the intellectual property rights of the and sought an apology.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 19:00 IST