Zee Me­dia files crim­i­nal case against The Wire

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DNA Money Cor­re­spon­dent Mum­bai: Zee Me­dia Corporation Lim­ited (ZMCL) moved court on Fe­bru­ary 7, 2019, for defam­a­tory al­le­ga­tions by The Wire. A crim­i­nal case has been filed through ad­vo­cate Vi­jay Ag­gar­wal against the pro­mot­ers of the on­line news por­tal, The Wire, the hear­ing of which is sched­uled to­wards March end this year.

In a state­ment is­sued on Sun­day (Fe­bru­ary 10, 2019), ZMCL said, the main al­le­ga­tion in the case is that defam­a­tory ar­ti­cles dated Jan­uary 24, 2019, were pub­lished, wherein false and defam­a­tory al­le­ga­tions against Zee Me­dia Corporation Ltd (com­plainant) The Wire ar­ti­cles falsely linked the com­plainant com­pany with the al­le­ga­tions of black money and al­leged sus­pect de­mon­eti­sa­tion de­posits. The com­plaint

have been lev­elled.

ZMCL added that the next date of hear­ing is sched­uled on March 28, 2019.

The com­plaint al­leged that The Wire ar­ti­cles “falsely” “linked the com­plainant com­pany with the al­le­ga­tions of black money and al­leged sus­pect de­mon­eti­sa­tion de­posits and have con­veyed to the world at large that the com­plainant com­pany is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the SFIO (Se­ri­ous Fraud In­ves­ti­ga­tion Of­fice).”

ZMCL said that the ar­ti­cles were in­cor­rect, hav­ing no fac­tual base and that they were “mo­ti­vated and ma­li­cious, twist­ing the facts and the truth”.

The le­gal suit has been filed un­der sec­tion 499, 500, 34 and 109 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) against Foun­da­tion for In­de­pen­dent Jour­nal­ism (run­ning the brand ‘The Wire’), Gu­lam Shaik Bu­dan, Anuj Sri­vas, Man­galam Ke­sa­van Venu, Sid­dharth Var­dara­jan and Sid­harth Roshan­lal Bha­tia in the court of Su­mit Anand, Ld. MM, Pa­tiala House Court, Delhi.

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