The Wire seems to have really wired a certain section of the regime and its friends.
In 3 years, 11 defamation cases (5 criminal) seeking damages worth Rs 440 cr. have been filed against them – six from Adani, two from Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, two from Rajeev Chandrashekhar, one from Subhash Chandra of ZeeTV (now withdrawn).
Hearing the Jay Amit Shah matter Justice DY Chandrachud in the SC today asked if The Wire wanted to explore a settlement with the petitioner (Jay Shah).
“See if it can be resolved. Let Senior Counsel (Kapil) Sibal and (Neeraj Kishan) Kaul sit together and talk.”
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal is representing Rohini Singh and the Editors of The Wire, while Senior Advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul is arguing for Jay Shah.
However, the lawyers appearing for The Wire and Rohini Singh did not seem very confident about the same. The Wire lawyer Nitya Ramakrishnan told the court the story was factual & aimed at informing the public. Hence what a settlement in such circumstances could be was unclear.
The Hindustan Times reporter Bhadra Sinha who was covering the hearing informed that Shah’s counsel was open to a settlement.
Shah's counsel said his client was open to a settlement. Interestingly, the court had on the last hearing said the matter will be listed before an appropriate bench @htTweets
— bhadra sinha (@BhadraSinha) April 18, 2018
The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned The Wire defamation matter to the first week of July while continuing its stay on criminal defamation proceedings against the news portal filed by Jay Amit Shah, son of BJP president Amit Shah.
Jay Shah filed a criminal defamation case in October last year following the publication of a story in The Wire on his business affairs. He also filed a separate civil defamation suit seeking Rs 100 crore in damages from The Wire, its editors, its ombudsman – whose task is to address reader complaints post-publication – and the journalist who wrote the story, Rohini Singh.