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Defamation suit in HC seeks Rs 5 cr, curbs on reporting; order today | The Indian Express

Related. Claiming that the allegations of sexual harassment made by a former woman intern as reported in the media was a “product of sinister conspiracy”, chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and former Supreme court judge Swatanter Kumar Wednesday filed a civil defamation suit in the Delhi High Court against The Indian Express and its reporter, television channels Times Now and CNN-IBN, and the former intern. The suit seeks Rs 5 crore from the defendants, as well as “exemplary costs and damages”. Kumar also sought an injunction against the media from reporting anything related to the complaint by the woman, and sought directions to the information and broadcasting ministry to ensure that the media — electronic, print and online — does not report any matter except court orders in the case. The defamation complaint also accuses the former intern of “vicious and gross libel”. She has not been named in the plea, and her name was given to the court in sealed cover only to enable the court to send the notice. The high court bench of Justice Manmohan Singh will pronounce order on the interim injunction plea on Thursday. During Wednesday’s proceedings, however, the judge said that the media could not be stopped from reporting the facts of the proceedings in a fair manner. Also on Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court admitted the woman’s petition alleging sexual harassment by Justice Kumar, and issued notices to the retired judge and the central government on her plea for an inquiry. The woman has asked the apex court to consider setting up a mechanism to deal with such cases at workplaces within the judiciary. In the defamation complaint, Justice Kumar said that he had “learnt from some sections of the print and electronic media that the purported complaint by the defendant no 5 (the intern) is a product of sinister conspiracy hatched by persons who want to attack the independence of the judiciary and demoralise the courts, especially the higher judiciary, from adjudicating matters wherein corporate houses have high stakes”. The media houses “gave effect to the intentions of the conspirators in maligning the plaintiff and bringing disrepute to his public office”, the plea said. Kumar has also alleged that the calls for his resignation from the NGT “evidences the malafide” and the “objects of the conspiracy”. The judge has alleged that he had told The Indian Express that he was unaware of the alleged complaint, and had denied the allegations when contacted by The I.
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