Anil Ambani’s Reliance companies have filed Rs 5,000 crore defamation suit against Congress owned National Herald claiming an article published in the newspaper regarding the Rafale fighter deal was “libellous and derogatory”.
They also filed a second , similar suit against Gujarat Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil seeking Rs 5,000 crore in damages for defamation.
The first suit is against Associated Journals Limited, the publisher of the national Herald it editor in charge Zafar Agha, and the author of the article, Vishwadeepak.
And the second suit against Gohil, A Congress spokesperson reportedly had made certain allegations about the Rafale gighter jet deal and Firm.
The Suite were filed yesterday in the court of city civil and session judge P J Tamakuwala, who had issued notice to the respondents and sought replies by Sept 7, said P. S Champaneri who is representing both the National Herald and Gohil.
In the suit the companies alleges the article titles Anil Ambani floated Reliance Defence 10 days before Modi announced Rafale deal was libellous and defamatory, and it misleads the general public to believe that undue business favors are being extends to them by the Govt of the Day.
The article conveys a negative image and adversely affects the public perception of Reliance Group and its Ambani, The petition said.
it has caused, considerable damage to reputation and goodwill of plaintiff firms, it said , seeking damage of Rs 5,000 crore.
he plaintiffs vehemently deny the content of the article , the petition said, Indian Express reported.
The contentious article claimed that Anil Ambani had established Relience Defence as a company ten days before PM Modi announced the Rafale deal.
Reliance aerostructure Ltd would go on to enter into a join venture with Dassault Aviation- the makers of Rafale jets. DA agreed to pump in 100 million Euros in the joint venture after India linked a deal to purchase 36 Rafale jets from France.
Congress reportedly claimed that the jets have been purchased at an escalated cost and has also questioned the joint venture between Anil Ambani’c company and DA.
The questions raised have been strongly taken on by business tycoon who has said that the Congress is running campaign against him.
he said that the Centre has had no role in Da picking Reliance Group as partner.
Many defamation suits were filed against Congress leaders like Randeep Surjewala who have been at the forefront of the party’s attack.