While hearing actor Shilpa Shetty’s defamation case on Friday, the Bombay High Court ruled that news reports based on police sources cannot be considered malicious and defamatory.
The court also informed the plaintiff’s lawyer that what the actor expected from it would have serious consequences for press freedom. “Do you expect the court now to sit back and check what sources media outlets are citing for every single storey?” the court asked Shilpa’s lawyer.
The court went on to say, “If you give me specific examples of defendants saying malicious things, I will investigate. News reports based on police sources, on the other hand, cannot be labelled malicious and defamatory. What you expect me to do will have serious ramifications for press freedom.”
“Why is it that if someone says anything negative about Shilpa Shetty, it becomes a big deal? What’s the big deal about it? This is not a law from which we have deduced that it is defamatory “The court stated. “It has such ramifications if you are in public life. People are curious about your life. How can someone writing that she cried and fought with her husband be considered defamatory? “questioned the court
The court adjourned the post-lunch hearing until 2.30 p.m. and asked her layers to bring specific details on which she wants to argue the defamation case.
Shilpa Shetty filed a defamation suit in Bombay High Court on Thursday against 29 media personnel and media houses, accusing them of “false reporting and maligning her image” in the aftermath of her husband Raj Kundra’s arrest in a case involving the creation and distribution of pornographic content.
The actor’s plea also asked that the defendants be ordered and directed to pay the plaintiff (Shilpa Shetty) Rs 20 crore plus interest at 18% per annum from the date of the suit’s filing until payment and/or realisation.
Shetty requested that the High Court issue a “permanent and mandatory injunction restraining the defendants (themselves and/or through their servants, agents, assigns, and/or any person claiming by or through them) from making and/or publishing and/or reproducing and/or circulating and/or speaking and/or communicating any derogatory and defamatory statements.”
She also asked the High Court to issue a mandatory order directing the defendants to delete and/or remove the defamatory articles and videos from their respective websites and social media platforms as soon as possible, as well as to issue an unconditional apology.