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Republic TV Files Defamation Suit Against Times Now Anchor Navika Kumar Before Delhi Court

By: Tina Agarwal
29 Jan 2021 9:20:15 PM Student Journalist, CMS, Jain University, Bengaluru

Republic TV has filed a criminal defamation suit in a Delhi court against Times Now anchor Navika Kumar over her comments on national television about the leaked Whatsapp chats between Arnab Goswami and BARC’s former CEO Partho Dasgupta. 

Republic TV has alleged that Kumar made “reckless” and “grossly defamatory” statements on the January 18 edition of her prime time show The Newshour. In the show, Kumar accused Goswami of building his success by manipulating the TRP, the plea alleged. In addition to its lakhs of TV viewers, clips of the show uploaded on YouTube has over 84,874 views. 

Republic’s complaint reads: “By misusing, misconstruing and distorting the documents from the Mumbai Police’s charge sheet in the TRP scam, mainly the WhatsApp Chats, and without regard to the matter being sub judice both before the lower courts at Mumbai and the Hon’ble Bombay High Court, the Accused Person has gone on a reckless spree to spew grossly defamatory material mentioned below that has been telecast, published, circulated and disseminated on the TV Channel Times Now as well as the internet in various portal such as the YouTube.” 

In the petition, the complainant has gone on to say that Kumar is jealous of Goswami at Times Now and then at Republic TV. It reads, “The Accused is jealous and the lack of ability of the Accused to match the success of the Complainant company has caused this defamatory show to be aired.” 

Republic TV has sought the court to undertake the matter and punish the accused under Section 499 and 500 of the IPC.

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