Madras High Court seeks a reply from Zee Media within 10 days in the Dhoni defamation case!
Madras Court has increased the problems of Zee Media in Mahendra Singh Dhoni's defamation case. The High Court has asked to seek a reply in this matter within ten days. Zee Media had filed an appeal against the single judge's order, which refused to dismiss 17 questions raised by Dhoni.
In 2014, Dhoni had filed a defamation suit of Rs 100 crore against Zee Media, IPL official G Sampath Kumar, and a journalist for tarnishing his image by linking his name to the IPL fixing scam. In 2022, the single judge had allowed the former Indian captain to be kept out of questioning after finding the written statement filed by Zee Media unsatisfactory.
A division bench of the Madras High Court comprising Justice R Mahadevan and Justice Mohammad Shafiq agreed with the findings of the single judge. He is of the view that the details and material facts required in the inquiry were not included in the written statement.
During this, the judges while issuing the order said that, in such a situation, the answer to the inquiry must be given by the appellant. The judges further said that the order of the single judge should be understood in the scheme of Rule 7 which allows an opponent to take an application to quash the inquiry.