MP Gurudas Kamat moves HC and local court for defamation
Gurudas Kamat, former Union Minister of State, MP and AICC general secretary, today filed a civil suit for damages of Rs 50 crore in the Bombay High Court against a Marathi daily newspapaer for allegedly publishing defamatory articles and editorial during the election campaign of Lok Sabha in April. It was submitted in the suit that the said articles were published in the newspaper with a view to damage his reputation and attempt to mar his electoral prospects in the Lok Sabha election, which was held in city on April 24.
Kamat also filed a criminal complaint against the newspapaer and its editor on the same charges before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
Following which, the local court has issued a process and fixed the next date of hearing for June 7.
Kamat stated in a statment here that he held the media in high esteem and respected its freedom to the extent of covering news and publicising factual information. He also stated that in 43 years of his public life, no one had ever pointed a finger at his reputation, which he has very scrupulously maintained, as is expected from public servants. Therefore, the type of reporting and writing of untruthful and defamatory articles on the eve of the crucial Lok Sabha elections with the clear intent of damaging the reputation and the electoral prospects could not be ignored, he added.
(Posted on 10-05-2014)