India Today moves Delhi HC against Radia filing contempt cases abroad
8.11.2012 (UNI) The Publisher of English Weekly India Today moved the Delhi High Court to restrain corporate lobbyist Niira Radia from initiating any legal action against it in London for an alleged defamatory article published in the magazine's UK edition last year as similar case is pending here.
Appearing before Justice Kailash Ghambhir, Counsel for Living Media Ltd, Anup Bhambani sought 'permanent injunction in favour of the company against defendant (Radia) from filing or prosecuting any suit or other proceedings relating to any publication made by the plaintiff (company) on her or any other corporate entity that she owns or controls, in any court outside the territory of India' till the pendency of cases here.
Bhambani claimed that Radia, who owned PR firm Vaishnavi Corporate Communication, had filed a defamatory suit against the media house before the High Court of Justice (Queen's Bench Division) in London.
Bhambani said that Radia had filed two different civil suits seeking injunction and damages but this is not allowed as she has filed same cases before this very court and she should not be allowed to initiate further legal action against the magazine in any court outside the country on the same issue.
The matter relates to a case of May 2010, when the magazine had published the transcripts of the telephonic conversations of Radia with senior journalists, politicians and corporate houses in which she allegedly talked about many crucial issues which caused uproar amongst the big business houses. UNI