AIM slams penalty against Times Now

29 Nov,2011

By A Correspondent

 

Tarun Rai, President, Association of Indian Magazines (AIM), has reacted strongly to the penalty against the Times Now channel in the defamation case brought against it by Justice P B Sawant.

 

“The quantum of penalty levied on Times Now is unheard of. It is not only unreasonable but can set a precedent that would threaten the independent functioning of news media in the country. Media in India is very vibrant and has helped uphold the strong democratic traditions of our country. It should be allowed to function and grow. At AIM (Association of Indian Magazines) we are extremely concerned about this development and hope for a fair outcome that will encourage media in India to continue to operate independently and fearlessly,” said Mr Rai in a statement to the media.

 

The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) earlier had also reacted strongly to the impact of the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the Special Leave Petition filed by Times Now. The channel had asked for relief against the Bombay High Court order directing Times Now to deposit Rs 20 crore and furnish a bank guarantee for Rs 80 crore to hear an appeal in a defamation case.

 

The directive occurred following a district court in Pune asking the channel to pay Rs 100 crore as damages in favour of Justice (Retd) PB Sawant for alleged defamation. The defamation case was registered after the channel published a photograph of Justice Sawant in place of another judge with a similar name, in connection with the Ghaziabad Provident Fund scam.

 

Times Now had appealed to the Bombay High Court.

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