The Delhi High Court lambasted journalist Arnab Goswami and his media company Republic TV for calling people names without any concrete evidence. The court made the observations while hearing the defamation plea filed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. Coming down heavily on Arnab, Justice Manmohan said, “Bring down the rhetoric. You can put out your story, you can put out the facts. You cannot call him names. That is uncalled for.” The court has asked Arnab and his TV channel to submit their replies by August 16, which is the next date of hearing of the case.
It may be recalled that the defamation case was filed last Friday by Shashi Tharoor, accusing Arnab Goswami of making defamatory remarks against him. The alleged remarks were made during a news broadcast that was related to the death of Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar. The defamation lawsuit has sought damages and compensation of Rs 2 crore.
The TV show had argued that since Tharoor was unwilling to join the show to express his point of view, it proves that he has something to hide and that he was running away from the accusations made against him. However, the court criticized this argument as well, by saying that every person has the right to remain silent and it cannot be construed as their acceptance of their wrong doing.