Anil Ambani owned Reliance Group has filed a prodigious defamation case against a Congress-owned newspaper ‘National Herald’. The petition is apparently seeking a damage of Rs 5,000 crore. National Herald was started by the first PM of Independent India Jawaharlal Nehru in 1938, which is now around 80 years old. The civil case of defamation was filed after the newspaper published an article regarding the Rafale fighter jets deal calling it “libellous and derogatory”.
The case is specifically filed against the company that owns National Herald, the Editor of the newspaper and the author of the article in question here which was titled as “Anil Ambani floated Reliance Defence 10 days before Modi announced Rafale deal”. In response to this, Reliance Defence, Reliance Infrastructure and Reliance Aerostructure, all owned by Anil Ambani moved the city court stating that the article misleads the general public into believing that current government is extended them favors without any proof for the same.
The article is written to damage the public image of the chairperson of the company, Anil Ambani, and as it has already caused considerable damage to the reputation of Mr. Ambani, hence looking to seek a damage of Rs 5,000 crore in return from the persons who are responsible for this, mentioned the petition.
According to a source, Anil Ambani owned companies earlier sent notices to Congress leaders asking them to stop from publishing such articles that put allegations on the company regarding Rafale deal. Headquartered in New Delhi, the newspaper was re-started only a year ago in 2017 by the Congress President Rahul Gandhi in an event in Bangalore with Hamid Ansari (the then Vice President of India) as the chief guest of the event. Mr. Ansari at the event said:
“The duty of the state is clear – free media is necessary for free society. When faced with unjust restrictions, censorship in the media can aid covering of abuses.” Hamid Ansari