HC notice to BBC on defamation suit claiming its documentary cast slur on India’s reputation
New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Monday summoned the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in a defamation case filed by an NGO alleging that its documentary had tarnished the reputation of India, the judiciary and the Prime Minister. Narendra Modi.
Apart from BBC (UK), Justice Sachin Dutta issued a notice to BBC (India), asking it to respond to the case filed by Gujarat-based NGO Justice for Trial.
The petition states that BBC (India) is the local operations office and BBC (UK) has released a two-episode documentary titled “India: The Modi Question”.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the NGO, said the defamation case against the BBC was related to a documentary that “defamed” the entire system, including India and the judiciary.
He argued that the documentary also contained allegations against the Prime Minister.
It was contended by the petitioner that the documentary was defamatory and tarnished the reputation of the country.
The high court said, “serve notice to the respondents by all permissible means” and listed September 15 for further hearing. PTI SKV SKV DV DV