Saturday, January 28, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalit rape case: defamation case against media group

Dalit rape case: defamation case against media group
PTI | 10:01 PM,Jan 27,2012

Puri, Jan 27 (PTI) Wife of former minister Pradip Maharathy today
filed a defamation suit worth Rs 10 crore against the editor,
publisher and owner of a Bhubaneswar-based media group that publishes
an Odia daily and a local television news channel. Accompanied by
hundreds of women from Pipili and other parts of the district,
Pratibha Kumari Mishra alias Maharathy came to the Civil Judge Court,
senior division, Puri and filed the case against the three persons.
Challenging the news item published on January 12 in Odia daily
"Sambad" which titled "Rapists took shelter at the minister's firm
house", the minister's wife said: "These are deliberate attempts made
by the editor to injure her reputation, her husband and family. The
story is made out of it is absolutely false, fabricated, abusive,
scandalous and defamatory". Therefore, Maharathy urged the court to
direct the media group to pay a damage of Rs 10 crore and restrain
them from publishing and broadcasting any further defamatory news
against her and her husband. "Everybody has right to seek justice from
the court. We have no intention to hurt anyone. We have simply
reported the incident as it is," Sambad's editor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik

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