Congress MP Shashi Tharoor recently filed a civil defamation suit against Arnab Goswami and newly-launched news channel Republic TV in the Delhi High Court. Tharoor has claimed damages and compensation of Rs 2 crore from the journalist and his channel for allegedly making defamatory remarks against him while broadcasting news, relating to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. He has also sought a direction from the high court to restrain the TV channel from broadcasting any show relating to the death of his wife till the investigation is completed by the Delhi police.
Regarding this case, High Court has issued notice to Arnab Goswami and Republic TV, seeking reply by 16 August in response to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s defamation plea. “Bring down the rhetoric. You can put out your story, you can put out the facts. You cannot call him names. That is uncalled for,” Justice Manmohan said.
Throor’s Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, also seeked protection for his client, from the journalist and Republic TV for the remarks made against him.
Senior advocate Sandeep Sethi, representing Arnab Goswami and Republic TV said that there was no need for any interim order injuncting them, as they would justify each and every statement made by his clients.