CM Files Libel Suit Against Online Portal

Published: 15th July 2015 04:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th July 2015 04:18 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday moved criminal defamation charges against online news portal Rediff.com for publishing a news article about her health condition.

City Public Prosecutor ML Jegan moved the petition on behalf of the Chief Minister, before the Principal Sessions Court, Chennai.

Jayalalithaa alleged that the portal published a malicious news item on July 10 under the title ‘Chennai media knew Jaya’s health was not fine but kept mum’ with an intention to harm her reputation, which amounted to criminal defamation punishable under Section 500 of IPC.

The libel charge was moved against Ajith Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Rediff, Nikil Lakshmanan, Editor-in-Chief, Abhishek Mande, Senior Associate Editor and R Ramasubramanian, Reporter.

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