Congress Leaders Ordered To Delete Tweets Against Smriti Irani’s daughter

NEW DELHI :  “I am of the prima facie view that slanderous allegations were made against the plaintiff without verifying actual facts”, adding “Grave injury has been caused to the reputation of the plaintiff in view of the tweets and retweets carried out due to the press conference of the defendants.” said Justice Mini Pushkarna stated, ”
The Delhi HC issued summons to Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Pawan Khera and Netta D`souza. The court directed the Congress leaders to remove the post, videos, tweets, retweets, and morphed pictures of the plaintiff and her daughter Smriti Irani has filed civil defamation seeking permanent and mandatory injunction along with damages of over Rs 2 crore.
Delhi High Court on Friday issued summons to Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Pawan Khera and Netta D`souza in a civil suit filed by Union Cabinet Minister Smriti Irani. The court also directed the Congress leaders to remove the post, videos, tweets, retweets, and morphed pictures of the plaintiff and her daughter along with the allegations and stop their recirculation regarding allegations made against her and her daughter.

Union Minister Smriti Irani has filed civil defamation seeking permanent and mandatory injunction along with damages of over 2 crores rupees. She stated that Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Pawan Khera and Netta D`souza conspired with other unknown individuals to launch a series of scathing and belligerent personal remarks to malign and defame a young child who even not lives in the country.
Justice Mini Pushkarna stated, ”
I am of the prima facie view that slanderous allegations were made against the plaintiff without verifying actual facts”, adding “Grave injury has been caused to the reputation of the plaintiff in view of the tweets and retweets carried out due to the press conference of the defendants.” Plaintiff has made out a prima facie case and balance of convenience lies in favour of the plaintiff and against the defendants. I deem it proper to pass an interim injunction directing Jairam Ramesh, Pawan Khera and Netta D`souza to delete and remove the allegations made during the press conference from all social media platforms including Youtube, Facebook and Twitter inc.
Meanwhile, On the Delhi HC proceeding on Friday, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted that, “The Delhi High Court has issued notice asking us to formally reply to the case filed by Smriti Irani. We look forward to presenting the facts before the court. We will challenge and disprove the spin being put out by Ms Irani.”
Earlier on July 23, Congress had demanded Smriti Irani’s sacking, alleging her daughter was running an illegal bar in Goa. The Union minister had claimed that the “malicious” charge was made at the behest of the Gandhi family due to her vocal stand in the National Herald-linked money laundering case and vowed to fight back.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh confirmed the summons in a tweet. “The Delhi High Court has issued notice asking us to formally reply to the case filed by Smriti Irani. We look forward to presenting the facts before the court. We will challenge and disprove the spin being put out by Ms. Irani,” the Congress MP tweeted. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, in a swipe at the Congress, tweeted: “One must verify all the facts before leveling defamatory charges against persons holding high positions or any citizen.” Smriti Irani had been targeted by the Congress with allegations that her 18-year-old daughter is running an “illegal bar” in Goa.
The Union Minister last week sent a legal notice to the three Congress leaders and their party. She sought a written unconditional apology and the withdrawal of allegations against her daughter immediately. Ms Irani accused the Congress of “assassinating and publicly mutilating” her daughter’s character and dared the opposition party to produce proof of any wrongdoing. She asserted her daughter is a first-year college student and does not run any bar.
The Congress had, during a press conference, shared a copy of what it said was a show cause notice served to a restaurant operated by the minister’s daughter. Pawan Khera, party spokesperson, had claimed that the license for the bar was taken in the name of a person who had been dead for over a year. Narayan Gad, Excise Commissioner of Goa, on July 21 issued a show-cause notice to the restaurant on a complaint from lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues, who alleged that the owners had submitted “fraudulent and fabricated documents” to get the license.

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