Delhi HC Issues Notice to BBC On Defamation Suit Claiming Its Documentary Cast a Slur on Reputation of India


GG News Bureau

New Delhi, 22nd May. The Delhi High Court issued summons to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday in connection with a defamation suit filed by an NGO alleging that the BBC’s documentary harmed the reputation of India, its judiciary, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In addition to the BBC (UK), Justice Sachin Datta issued a notice to the BBC (India) seeking a response to the suit filed by the Gujarat-based NGO Justice for Trial.

According to the petition, BBC (India) is the local operation office, and BBC (UK) has released the two-part documentary “India: The Modi Question.”

Senior counsel Harish Salve, representing the NGO, stated that the defamation suit against the BBC is related to the documentary, which “defamed” India and the entire system, including the judiciary.

He claimed that the documentary makes insinuations about the prime minister as well.

On behalf of the plaintiff, it was asserted that the documentary contains defamatory imputations and slanders the country’s reputation.

The Delhi high court said, “Issue notice to the respondents through all permissible modes” and listed it for further hearing on September 15.

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