Zee media corp. ltd. Recently filed a defamation suit against Trinamool congress MP Mahua Moitra for calling it “chor” and “paid news”. It all started when MP Mahua filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Preeti Parewa, a criminal defamatory suit against the editor-in-chief of Zee Media on the grounds that the channel plagiarized her speech of June 25 which was on “seven signs of fascism”. On July 3, she made the above mentioned remarks about the channel.
The editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary, then filed a case on the basis of sections 499 and 500 of Indian Penal Code, 1860. He also mentioned in the application filed under Section 340 CrPC before Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Court, New Delhi, alleging the defamation case being filed on the basis of false averments, misrepresentations, thus playing a fraud on the Court. The complaint stated “The intentional hate campaign of the accused (Moitra) has tarnished the reputation of the complainant (news channel),”
In the complaint that she filed, Moitra stated that her speech was inspired by a holocaust poster in a United States museum, containing 14 signs of early fascism. Chaudhary later on also filed an application for inquiry regarding Moitra’s complaint about the allegations of concealment of facts by the corporation.
Vijay Aggarwal, the firm’s advocate made a remark saying, “on July 3, Moitra made defamatory statements against the company, wherein she knowingly made several frivolous, false, malicious and derogatory statements”.
Sudhir Aggarwal also stated that the comments passed by the MP were defamatory enough to tarnish the reputation and goodwill of the company. The suit was file and the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal posted the matter related to the company’s complaint for consideration on August 1. Chaudhary has sought initiation of criminal action against Moitra for offences punishable u/s 193/196/199/202/209/211 of Indian Penal Code.