Breaking: Dainik Bhaskar Withdraws Defamation Suit,  Cobrapost Vindicated

Breaking: Dainik Bhaskar Withdraws Defamation Suit, Cobrapost Vindicated

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October 3, 2018

Dainik Bhaskar Withdraws Defamation Suit.

New Delhi (03 October): The division bench of Justice Ravindra Bhat and Justice AK Chawla of the Delhi High Court had set aside the ex parte injunction order against Cobrapost on 28 September 2018, and had permitted the Dainik Bhaskar to argue their case on merits before Justice Yogesh Khanna by showing falsity and malice in the publication/operation. Instead of arguing their case before the single judge bench of the Delhi High Court, Dainik Bhaskar withdrew their entire suit for injunction and defamation today. Cobrapost’s stand has been vindicated as Justice Bhat clearly held that Operation 136 to expose media houses engaging in paid news was in public interest. Cobrapost will continue to expose the rot in the system. Observes advocate Kotla Harshavardhan, “Free speech forms the foundation of democracy. Cobrapost has proven that unless we fight for that valuable right, forces who seek to suppress it will prevail.”

Expressing  satisfaction  over the High court ruling Advocate Amit Agrawal says, “Freedom of speech is most valuable in a democratic polity. Free unbiased press is also vital in conduct of free and fair elections. Judgement of Justice Ravindra Bhat in Cobrapost reaffirms that courts play a vital role in not making the freedom of speech illusory by granting injunctions. Uninhibited debate on public issues, public institutions and about public figures must be permitted on all forums in all forms, and threshold for injunction even for defamatory publications should be extremely high”.

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