A Delhi court has issued summons to Times Now in a defamation suit filed by PFI. The PFI (Popular Front of India) has accused Times Now of reporting and causing harm to goodwill.
The order for issuing summons was passed by Civil Judge South East Saket Court, Chitranshi Arora.
The PFI said in its petition, Times Now published a new article on its website in November 2021, titled, ‘Killing of RSS worker Sanjeet: Kerala Police arrests the PFI officer.’ The Later News was also run based on that where the Anchor said that a PFI worker has been arrested in the murder case.
On this, the plaintiff, giving the procedure, said that such articles/news work to provoke and defame the people. Thus making false and frivolous allegations against him to accuse falsely his name, goodwill, and image.
While the plaintiff said that he has no connection with the persons arrested in connection with the murder of the said RSS workers, the police officials have given a statement that the details of the suspect cannot be disclosed as the arrest has been made on the basis of eyewitnesses. And that could affect further investigations.”
It is understood that the news reporting by the Respondents in 2021 is false and completely fabricated. All this was done with the intention of defaming the plaintiff.
Hence, PFI has filed a petition seeking damages of Rs 1 lakh, as according to them this news puts pressure on his reputation and tries to tarnish or defame his name.
The plaintiff also sought in its order a direction to Times Now to delete the news report from its website.
Now the matter will be heard further on March 3. The PFI’s advocate is Shakeel Abbas.