Shashi Tharoor Drags Arnab Goswami To Court For Defamation
New Delhi: Congress MP from Tiruvanantapuram Shashi Tharoor filed a civil defamation suit against TV anchor Arnab Goswami and his newly launched news channel Republic TV in the Delhi High Court. The MP claimed damages and compensation of ₹2 crore for allegedly making defamatory remarks while commenting on the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.
Tharoor also requested the HC to order restraint on the fledgling channel from broadcasting anything related to Sunanda’s death till the investigations by the Delhi police were completed.
The company which owns Republic TV, Arg Outlier Media Asianet News Private Limited as a party besides Arnab.
Shashi Tharoor, a reputed author and an authority on international relations, has cited the news items broadcasted from 8 to 13 May 2017 in the name of expose connected to the death of his wife, Sunanda. Advocates Muhammad Ali Khan and Gaurav Gupta have filed the suit on Friday. The lawsuit said the news were hyped in order to make the viewers believe that there is a deep controversy where there is none. The idea behind the news and expose that were broadcasted was, the lawsuit alleged, to make the viewers believe that Sunanda was murdered by the plaintiff (Shashi Tharoor) himself or by somebody at his behest. It said such a content has the potential to adversely affect the investigation in to the death of Sunanda.
“My response is that it is a matter of great concern that Tharoor wants to block a TV channel from finding out the truth about who killed his wife,” Arnab Goswami told PTI in Mumbai. “In fact, he (Tharoor) should be more concerned about finding the truth. And it is he who should be asking questions about why the investigations have been so shoddy, rather than blocking the channel trying to find out the truth,” he pointed out.
The National Broadcasting Standards Authority earlier restrained Arnab from broadcasting news regarding the death of Sunanda that might prejudice the investigation. It was when Arnab Goswami was editor-in-chief of Times Now.
The lawsuit claimed the compensation for having suffered humiliation and having suffered severe loss of reputation in the eyes of the public and he has baselessly been declared by the defendants as the alleged murderer of his late wife.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a suit of a five-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of 17 January 2014. The Delhi police have been investigating.