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HC seeks Delhi govt reply on journalist's plea in defamation case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court today sought the response of the government and a former BJP on a plea by a challenging the proceedings against him in a criminal case for allegedly airing libellous

Justice issued a notice to the complainant, who had filed the case against Rajdeep Sardesai, who was then heading the IBN18 Network, and listed the matter for hearing on September 19.

The court also granted exemption from personal appearance before a Dwarka trial court for a hearing in June.

and Mrinal Bharti, who appeared for Sardesai, sought quashing of the January 8 order of a sessions court which had set aside a previous decision of a discharging him in the case.

The sought the high court's direction to reaffirm the magistrate's December 2013 order by which the was discharged in the case on the ground that no offence was made out against him.

They also said if the sessions court's order was not stayed, it would cause unnecessary harassment to the journalist.

The defamation complaint was filed in the trial court in December 2011 against six persons, including Sardesai, following allegations that they defamed the complainant by initiating a sting operation in which reporters posed as builders with hidden cameras intended to and hereby allegedly exposing illegal construction in municipal ward Munirka of which Tokas was the then BJP

It claimed that the reporters posed as builders approached the complainant with hidden cameras to allegedly expose and trap him who they assumed was corrupt and involved in such irregularities.

It alleged that the sting was carried by an agency named 'Cobrapost', which worked for channels such as CNN-IBN and IBN-7. The sting operation was telecast from December 6, 2011 to December 8, 2011.

It said not only this was broadcast through their channels, it was also disseminated through their website.

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

First Published: Tue, May 22 2018. 21:25 IST