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Ahmedabad, October 20: An Ahmedabad court has barred news portal The Wire from publishing any further report on Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah’s son Jay’s business turnover “so that the right to live with dignity of the plaintiff (Jay) may be protected”.
Additional Senior Civil Judge BK Dasondi of Ahmedabad rural court observed that the “injunction should be granted to applicant/plaintiff (Jay)” even though notice was not served upon the opposite parties (The Wire, its editor, the writer of the article, and others), the Indian Express reported.
The order read, “…it is mandatory for this court to issue notice of such application to the opposite party (The Wire). But in the present case, it appears that if an immediate remedy is not given to the applicant, there is a chance of publishing the news, for which the present plaintiff has filed the suit.”
On October 9, Jay had filed a criminal defamation suit in a metropolitan court in Ahmedabad against seven respondents, including author of the article and editor of the web portal. The report, written by Rohini Singh in ‘The Wire’, detailed the growth of Jay Shah’s company, Temple Enterprise Private Ltd, from revenues of Rs 50,000 in 2014-15 to Rs 80.5 crore in 2015-16.
The order said, “This court is of the opinion that if the application (of Jay) is not allowed, then it may lead to prejudice with the rights and interest of the applicant.”
In the order issued last week, the judge had prohibited the website from “using and publishing or printing in any electronic, print, digital or any other media, or broadcast, telecast, print and publish… in any language on the basis of article published in “The Wire” dated 8/10/17 either directly or indirectly on the subject matter with respect to plaintiff in any manner whatsoever”.
The order was passed on October 12 on Rs 100 crore defamation suit filed by Jay against the author, editor and owner of ‘The Wire’.
Appearing for Jay, senior counsel Nirupam Nanavati submitted, “If ad-interim injunction will not be granted, then the defendants may tarnish the reputation and dignity of the plaintiff.”
Citing two judgments of the Delhi High Court, judge Dasondi wrote, “…this court has discretionary power to grant interim relief in case where the defendants no-1 to 7 has published online news, for which the present suit has been filed by the plaintiff. It appears to this court that injunction should be granted to applicant/plaintiff…”