Rafale deal: Anil Ambani to withdraw Rs 5,000 cr defamation suits filed against Congress, National Herald

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Ahmedabad: Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group has determined to withdraw the Rs 5,000-crore civil defamation fits filed in an Ahmedabad court docket in opposition to Congress leaders and Nationwide Herald newspaper over their statements and an article on the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal.

The fits have been being heard within the court docket of metropolis civil and periods choose P J Tamakuwala.

“We have intimated the defendants that we are going to withdraw the suits against them,” the complainant’s lawyer, Rasesh Parikh, instructed PTI on Tuesday.

PS Champaneri, the lawyer representing the Nationwide Herald and another defendants, mentioned he was instructed by the Reliance Group’s counsel that he acquired directions from his shopper to withdraw the defamation fits in opposition to them.

The formal course of to withdraw the fits shall be taken up within the court docket when it resumes after the summer season trip, Champaneri mentioned.

Reliance Defence, Reliance Infrastructure and Reliance Aerostructure—a part of the Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Group—had earlier filed civil defamation fits in opposition to Congress leaders together with Sunil Jakhar, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Oommen Chandy, Ashok Chavan, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Sanjay Nirupam and Shaktisinh Gohil, and a few journalists and information organisations just like the Nationwide Herald.

The defamation fits have been additionally filed in opposition to the Nationwide Herald‘s editor Zafar Agha, and Vishwadeepak, the creator of a information article revealed by it.

Earlier than going for summer season trip, the court docket was listening to functions moved by the defendants questioning the territorial jurisdiction of the court docket in Ahmedabad to listen to such fits.

 Rafale deal: Anil Ambani to withdraw Rs 5,000 cr defamation suits filed against Congress, National Herald

File pic of Anil Ambani, chairman of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. Reuters

The complainants mentioned the defendants made libelous and derogatory statements in opposition to the Reliance Group and its chairman Anil Ambani pertaining to the Rafale fighter jet deal and his companies.

They requested the defendants to “cease and desist” from levelling allegations in opposition to the corporate in reference to the Rafale deal.

The defamation swimsuit filed in opposition to the Nationwide Herald pertained to an article revealed by it, titled ‘Anil Ambani floated Reliance Defence 10 days earlier than Modi introduced Rafale deal’.

The article “misleads the general public to believe that undue business favours are being extended to them by the government of the day,” the petition mentioned.

It conveys a “negative image” and “adversely affects the public perception” of Reliance Group and its chairman Ambani, it mentioned.

It has precipitated “considerable damage” to the fame and goodwill of plaintiff companies, it mentioned, looking for damages of Rs 5,000 crore.

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