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Delhi HC Orders Removal Of Defamatory Tweets Against India Today & Rajdeep Sardesai

Bhubaneswar: The Delhi High Court ordered Twitter to remove several defamatory tweets against India Today Group and Rajdeep Sardesai. The tweets were made by a former employee Rakesh Krishna Thiyya and the court noted that they lack justification, and use of cuss words in the tweets impacts the image of Sardesai and the media house.

Thiyya had posted a series of tweets a day after the August 27 interview of actor Rhea Chakraborty with Sardesai which was aired on Aaj Tak (part of India Today Group). A former copy editor working for the channel, he had made several allegations against the media house and specifically Sardesai.

Thiyya claimed that since 1999 the media house has degenerated into a racket and the editors (including Sardesai) have become fixers (a cuss word was used which is being avoided for the sake of viewers of OMMCOM NEWS). His tweet included many such allegations such as that of defrauding investors and viewers.

The order

On basis of the case filed by India Today Group and Rajdeep Sardesai, the High Court Justice Rajiv Shakder observed that the plaintiffs have made out, at least at this stage, a prima facie case in their favour that the impugned tweets. The court noted that such tweets, without any evidence, will tarnish the image of both the media house and Sardesai, the Live Law reported.

And since Twitter is accessed by a large number of people of all age groups, it is expected for all users to maintain basic civility.

The Delhi High Court ordered Twitter to take down the defamatory tweets against India Today group and Rajdeep Sardesai, detailed the Live Law. The order also injuncted Rakesh Krishnan Thiyya from uploading derogatory and/or defamatory statements, articles, comments, passages and such like material qua India Today Group and Rajdeep Sardesai till further orders.


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